A ‘racecar for the road’ is almost cliche these days in how often it describes sports and supercars. But this XKSS was a revolution in its time: it added bumpers, road lights and a luggage rack to the LeMans-dominating speed of the XKD. Of, and a windshield, softtop and side glass!
But beyond these detail mods, the XKSS is pure racecar.
In person, its otherworldly curves and body flow are spectacular to behold. The curt front end metal wraps the oval intake and glassed-in headlamps with no flab whatsoever. Just like a bubble flying through the universe. But this bubble was made of metal and lived for 100-mph-plus straightaways!
1957 Jaguar XKSS 716
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