Is the Jaguar XKSS Recreation by Lynx the Perfect Ride?

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A stunning Jaguar XKSS Recreation by Lynx Engineering.

Check out Jaguar’s street version of the epic D-Type recreated by one of the most respected Jag specialists in the world. What’s not to love?

Let’s face facts. The chances of owning a real Jaguar XKSS are pretty slim. Only 16 were made before a fire ceased production, and one of those was bought by Steve McQueen. They are just about the most sought after cars by people with obscene amounts of money in the business. However, you can get as near as damn it with one of nine recreations built by Lynx Engineering. This one is expected to go for around half a million dollars through RM Sotheby’s Dec. 8 auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Lynx engineering started out with a restoration project on a Riley Lynx in 1968, hence the name, and evolved into rebuilding and restoring of Jaguar C and D-type sports and racing cars. Before long, they got the nod from Jaguar to offer a soft-top conversion for the XJS before Jaguar offered them, and a magnificent shooting brake conversion for the XJS. This Jaguar XKSS recreation by Lynx is 1 of 9 built in the 1970s, and was built for privateer racing driver called Colin Crabbe who went onto be both a well known and respected as a historic race car collector and dealer.

Lynx’s XKSS recreations used stock Series 2 E-Type engines and running gear. However, Crabbe ordered his XKSS with a little extra power being delivered through a 3.8-liter dry sump engine using a modified crankshaft, cams, and pistons. Crabbe then raced it at Goodwood for a few years before selling the XKSS recreation to Aston Martin’s then CEO, Victor Gauntlett. Not only is this a stunning recreation of one of the most beautiful Jaguars built, but it also has a pedigree. Recreations don’t get much better than this.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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