Jaguar_XKSS_2_(128046)Jaguar will build a continuation model of the XKSS, a road-legal version of the infamous D-Type race car, which won Le Mans from 1955-1957.

The car, which Jaguar claims to be the "world's first supercar," was a true racer for the road, famously used by actor and racing driver Steve McQueen as his personal vehicle. He called his the "Green Rat."

After the hat trick Le Mans wins, Jaguar decided to convert the 25 remaining D-Type models into road-legal vehicles for export to the United States.

Steve McQueen Jaguar XKSSIn 1957, a fire at Jaguar's Browns Lane factory destroyed nine of the cars. It is those nine that Jaguar Classic, the heritage division of Jaguar, will rebuild to original specifications.

"The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar's history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design," Tim Hannig, Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said.

Each will cost "in excess of £1 million," or about $1.4 million. Jaguar will likely have no problem finding buyers.

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The lovely Jaguar XKSS, a road legal version of the …

… Jaguar D-Type. The car won Le Mans three years running, from 1955-1957. The 25 remaining race cars were to be converted into the XKSS, but nine were lost in a fire.

Because the originals were hand made, no two were the same. To rebuild the lost nine, Jaguar has had to find a mutual standard for the new cars.

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