. The curator at the museum opined that (in his opinion) the vehicle was worth 35 million. Yowsa... James, as the guard said to Luke "what we have here is a failure to communicate" regarding the D being the race version of the XKSS. The D can be the first and also the race version of the XKSS without regard to primacy. Gil
What a car!! Growing up in the 60's as a car nut, I vividly remember a neighbor, Edmund Rahal, that had the full race version of this Jag, the "D" type, in an unpainted all aluminum body. One of its distinguishing features was the fin behind the driver's head. He successfully raced the car all over the South. https://vintageracecar.com/ed-rahal-1925-2009/
I’m doing this from memory this morning Gil but I think the XKSS was an ill fated attempt to commercialize the D-Type. The D-Type came first.
One of the problems that beset the XKSS program, besides the usual Jag stuff, was that after 14? Cars were built, the wooden forms they used to beat the body panels into shape burned in a fire. That was enough for Jag to say “enough!”
You have good memory. When you view this video below about the newly (5 years or so ago) built XKSS' it will bring back more of your memories. The new ones were priced at almost US$ 2million.
Kindest Regards; Stephen Howell
I cheated Stephen. Jags run in my family. Numerous XJ12 and a mint 1972 E-Type V12 Convertible. Jaguars and Alfa Romeos were my introduction to a different kind of car than what America was making in the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's. And my earliest obsession (long before guns) were cars, specifically the products of England, Italy and Detroit muscle cars. (Odd grouping, I know).
Then women showed up!
And not to be totally off topic. Steve McQueen. He's just an actor.
Oh, and my uncle, by marriage, wrote the account while a POW in that camp, that became the basis of the book, The Great Escape, which spawned the movie. He was also a director of British Leyland, owners of the Jaguar marque.
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That watch he is wearing does not seem to be a watch he would normally wear. His usual watch in the early days was a Rolex 5513 Sub Mariner totally bomb proof keeps time lasts for ever, no day date mechanism known as a watch stopper a model now wanted by collectors all over the world. Then he went to Tag Heuer Le Mans so that watch may have been an advertisement plant though it does look like a run of the mill dare I say it a cheap time piece.
The only lessons in my life I truly did learn from where the ones I paid for!
His usual watch in the early days was a Rolex 5513 Sub Mariner totally bomb proof keeps time lasts for ever, no day date mechanism known as a watch stopper a model now wanted by collectors all over the world.
I bought a Rolex Oyster Submariner in Geneva in 1973, all stainless, no day/date. Far from bomb proof. Maintenance was a headache, accuracy was questionable, but it looked good. Let my son wear it in his wedding, and that was the last time I saw it. Now he collects Rolexes. I should have known better. My current daily watch is an $18 black plastic Casio, more accurate than the Rolex, and no maintenance. When the battery dies, just buy a new watch.
[quote] My current daily watch is an $18 black plastic Casio, more accurate than the Rolex, and no maintenance. When the battery dies, just buy a new watch.
My stepson coveted my old GMT (Pepsi Cola colors) which I eventually had it cleaned by Rolex USA, replaced the crystal and gave it to him as a college graduation present. He loves it. About 20 years ago, it went into the gun safe as my Luminox watches over the years have kept perfect time and I can read the dial in the pitch black dark without pushing a button because of the tritium illuminated hands and numbers. I've replaced the batteries over the years. Gil
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