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Jaguar had intended to build 18 Lightweight E-Types but ended up making just 12. So 6 chassis numbers remained unused until 2014, when Jaguar decided after 50 + years to use them in 6 “new” original Lightweight E-Types. Respectively, Jaguar had built 25 XK SS in the 1950s, but a fire at the factory where they were manufactured, led to the destruction of 9 of them.
It should be noted that the original XK SS, were essentially street versions of the racing D-Types and they were sold to good customers mostly in the U.S. with one of them being Steve McQueen. Today, the XK SS is one of the most popular classic Jaguar cars, with the 9 remaining XKSS to be constructed by hand from the company’s engineers.
Jaguar needs 10,000 hours to construct each of the nine XKSS. The car is equipped with a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine producing 262 hp, with its bodywork to be crafted by hand from lightweight magnesium alloy, using a traditional process called “hand wheeling”.