One of the greatest cars ever built was the 1957 Jaguar XKSS, a Le Mans race car just barely modified for use on the street. Well, it was going to be, before nine of them burned in a fire. Now, Jaguar is going to right history’s wrong.
The Jaguar XKSS is probably the most sought after Jaguar ever built. There were just 16 ever made, 12 of which still exist. Steve McQueen bought his for $5,000 way back when, and it's estimated to be worth $30 million now. And on tonight's Car Matchmaker, we get to see how they keep it running.
In 1958, Steve McQueen bought this Jaguar XKSS from a local TV personality who kept it parked in a studio lot on Sunset Blvd. McQueen cajoled his wife Nellie into writing a check for $5,000—today around $40,000—and became the third owner of XKSS chassis number 713, a car that had originally been imported a year…
Jaguar is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion we've put together our favorite examples of the breed — all seven-and-a-half of them. The best from the leaping-cat breed below.