This 1957 Jaguar XKSS, a truly iconic piece of motoring, is going to headline the Amelia Island Auction on March 10, and the estimates put it in the ballpark of 16 to 18 million dollars.
The XKSS was born immediately after the British automaker decided to retire the now legendary D-Type from racing, making a car that was a bit easier to live with on a daily basis – thanks to the added creature comforts. But the differences are slim – even when discussing the exterior design. Today the model is such a prized collector’s item because of just 25 units planned for the production run the company only managed to finish 16. It is only now that its last nine cars – which remained in storage awaiting production – will be made by craftsmen from the blueprints of the 1957 model with authentic parts.
Naturally, the collectors are specifically out on the hunt for the original – Jaguar is selling the continuation series at $1.5 million while the lowest estimate for this example is more than ten times pricier. Gooding & Company is selling the chassis number 716 – which is in absolute pristine condition after a recent restoration. “A decade has passed since an XKSS was last offered for sale at public auction,” comments the company.