But unlike the E-Type, the XKSS is painfully rare. The story goes that when Jaguar decided to pull out of racing to focus on road cars, 25 D-Type chassis were still sitting in Jag’s factory on Browns Lane. Unfortunately, a fire broke out almost exactly 60 years ago to the day, destroying scores of new cars and nine D-Types, ready for conversion to XKSS spec. So, just 16 examples of the XKSS left the factory in the 1950s, while the final nine were built to original spec as continuation models last year, rounding out the entire 25. And trust us – you really want to look at those pics, and listen to the engine sounds from the video.
The one on offer from Gooding & Company is one of the originals, which makes it much, much more expensive than the continuation models – about 14 times more expensive, to be precise. And yes, it is an exceptionally large sum of money. But it’s less than the £17.5m paid last year for the D-Type that won Le Mans in 1956.
Of course, we’ve given you the reasons why you should want one. You could even say that Steve McQueen had one, if that helps get you over the line. But if you need any more convincing after seeing these photos, you’re probably beyond help.
So, have we swayed you? Or are we just talking a bunch of cobblers?