1958 jaguar xkss




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  • Jaguar's D-Type was one of the landmark race cars of the s. Not only was it beautiful, but it fulfilled Jaguar founder William Lyon's desire to.

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    1958 jaguar xkss

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    The Jaguar D-Type sports cars were produced from through It's worth noting that the citizens of Los Angeles are so jaded when it comes to flashy cars that they hardly turn a head at the XKSS -- one is tempted to conclude that even if lothario McQueen were still alive and at the wheel, he wouldn't garner a second glance. Turn on JavaScript from your settings to fully experience the site. For , the use of experimental bodies was scrapped in favor of the tradition bodies.

    1958 jaguar xkss

    1958 jaguar xkss

    1958 jaguar xkss

    1958 jaguar xkss

    1958 jaguar xkss

    Jaguar XKSS - Wikipedia

    Photo by Blake Z. It had been purchased new by a man who helped develop Riverside Raceway. The ingraining of motorsports history, even tangentially, was only appropriate. McQueen was early in his career and showing glimpses of the potential hell-raising that would come at the height of his powers; that the Jaguar, with its stubby proportions, inflated curves and race-derived everything , appealed to him was only natural.

    The red interior, gone -- swapped out by hot-rodder Tony Nancy , "The Loner," for black upholstery at his Sherman Oaks shop. Not a trace of white remained. The car had been stripped down for the repaint, covering every delicate aluminum body panel on both sides; the doors open above the achingly tall doorsill, upwards and outwards like an Aston Martin DB9 -- had it been a coupe, Sir William Lyons would have been tempted to fit gullwing doors, a la Mercedes.

    1958 jaguar xkss

    Jaguar built the XKSS as a way to use up leftover D-type chassis; the car had stopped racing in , departing as an undisputed champion. Straight Le Mans victories in , and cemented Jaguar's reputation even as the company pulled out of factory efforts after the first year of winning. Lyons figured Americans loved fast European sports cars, so the Le Mans champion became a thinly veiled race car for the street: Off went that fabulous fin and on went a passenger door, chrome bumpers and a rudimentary top.

    For the most part, that was it. Couldn't make this up. Dead or Alive," starring McQueen and his legendary sawed-off " Mare's Leg ," he would sometimes tie his horse to the Jaguar. He drove fast and ran from the cops without second thoughts.

    1958 jaguar xkss

    Once, he tricked a patrolman into racing him and a supposedly in-labor Nellie to the hospital; Nellie was pregnant, sure, but only by six months. McQueen waited for the patrolman to leave, then told the nurses, "false alarm. The sheriff of the LAPD introduced a lottery for his men: Whoever could finally nab the son of a bitch would win a steak dinner at Lawry's.

    McQueen reportedly respected his friend Robert Wagner, Wood's husband, far too much to make her just another notch on his belt. Nevertheless, the two became friends. Imagine McQueen blasting up and down the Sunset Strip, flush from "The Great Escape," at the height of his powers, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, the coolest of cool. Imagine the Green Rat ascending Mulholland at two in the morning -- its wide-eyed headlights bouncing off the canyon walls, side-mounted exhausts resonating deep into the Valley.

    There goes McQueen, they'd say, probably from somewhere past Encino. There he goes, with his race car. Your author recreates the famous picture of McQueen looking confused in the studio parking lot. Photo by Dana Williamson. Dana Williamson has been the Petersen's manager of the collection for a scant six months, yet, they've already entrusted him with McQueen's car.

    1958 jaguar xkss

    Williamson moved here from Boston, where he ran Williamson Coachworks for the last 14 years, specializing in split-window Corvettes, Triumph and BSA motorcycles and -- well, anything worth preserving. When a long weekend opened up, he made the commute to Los Angeles to see his wife, an actress and entertainment reporter living in LA for the past 12 years.

    Six months ago, he got the Petersen job and moved West and now plies Los Angeles streets in a Porsche SC Targa or a BSA Thunderbolt that he labels a survivor "only 'cuz it looks like it's been through a war.

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