XKSS – Aluminium Replica Recreations by Lanes Cars


Price: £165,000

Lanes Cars Super Sport Aluminium Replica Recreations to Order

Lanes Cars use a new handcrafted aluminium bodyshell which is supplied from a 3rd generation of replica sports racing car bodybuilders, for our handcrafted XKSS replica recreation &  finished in a heritage period colour of your choice.

Supplied & fitted with a fully rebuilt Jaguar 3.4 or 4.2  straight-six cylinder engine with fast cams, high compression pistons, lightened con rods, gas flowed cylinder head, lightened flywheel, high torque starter motor, D type engine breather, aluminium polished cam covers, triple Webber carburettors or Jenvey Heritage fuel injection system at an additional cost, 5-speed gearbox with short-throw gear change & fully balanced prop-shaft, adjustable pedal box, new electrical wiring loom with modern fuse board, upgraded brake servo with 6 pot front brake callipers & vented discs, aluminium radiator with electric cooling fan, Kevlar water hoses, sports exhaust system, Monza fuel cap, 2 x seatbelts, Gaz fully adjustable platform shock absorbers, running on Dunlop styled 16” D Type wheels with three eared spinners, leather bonnet straps, rear luggage rack, Moto Lita D Type steering wheel, an XKSS race interior & soft top hood colour of your choice, with black dashboard dials & a Steve Mcqueen glove box for your period Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses.

So you can replicate the exhilaration & enjoyment of the driver’s interaction of driving a true road-legal fast going road car from the golden age of racecars designed by Lanes Car which is fully road-tested with a UK – DVLA – IVA Pass Certificate, that was born from Jaguars D Type legendary winning Le Mans race car which even by today’s standards its performance was breathtakingly fast reaching 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of over 180 mph & achieved a recorded top speed of 172.8 mph down Le Mans Mulsanne Straight with chequered flag wins in 1955, 1956, & 1957.

For further details of the donor vehicle used or specification information, including prices and after-sales 3 years warranty for one of our order handbuilt replica XKSS Recreation please contact Martin Lane.

” Handbuilt cars built with soul”

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Jaguar Racing Car – For Sale to the Public 1956

 In 1956 Jaguar Cars offered the public the opportunity to own a road-going Jaguar racecar weighing less than 1000kg & was only available in RHD, with a 3.4 XK engine producing 263 bhp, 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds & a top speed of 144 mph, with only minor changes being made to the basic 25 D-type racecar chassis’s structure they initially used to manufacture their XKSS ( Super Sports) cars with an addition of a passenger-side door, the removal of the large fin behind the driver, the removal of the divider between passenger and driver seats.

Cosmetic changes were also made for clients comfort and road legal reasons: a full-width, chrome-surrounded windscreen was added; side screens were added to both driver and passenger doors, a rudimentary, folding, fabric roof was added for weather protection; chromed bumpers were added front and rear, XK140 rear light clusters were mounted higher on the wings, and thin chrome strips were added to the edges of the front light fairings.

On the evening of 12th February 1957, a fire broke out at the Browns Lane plant destroying nine of the twenty-five cars that had already been completed or were semi-completed and Jaguar Cars ceased production.

Most of the surviving original 16 XKSSs were sold in the US & one of the most famous owners to have owned one of these ultra-rare Jaguar cars is Steve Mcqueen who purchased XKSS chassis No. 713  in 1958  from its second owner for $5000 and Jay Leno road-tested in 2014.

The last original XKSS offered for sale at auction was by Gooding and Company in 2017.

Lanes Cars – Self-build Aluminium XKSS Replica Recreation Bodyshell

If you wish to build an Aluminium XKSS Recreation which is based on using a Jaguar XJ6 donor vehicle & includes the following:

1 x Hand Crafted All Aluminium Recreation XKSS body

1 x Steel chassis, shot blasted &  heat coated in a period silver finish, RHD only

2 x Doors, 1 x Full glass windscreen, 1 x Left and 1 x right side windows plastic

1 x Hood frame, 1 x Clove box, 1 x Mirror bar, 1 x Light cover lenses front

1 x Rear number plate housing, 1 x All bonnet, door and boot catches

1 x Aluminium radiator, 1 x Aluminium oil cooler

2 x Seat belt brackets, 1 x Hand brake mount

1 x Steering rack, 1 x Battery box,1 x Pedal box

1 x Dummy oil tank, 2 x Monza fuel cap

1 x Fuel tank, 1 x Fuel tank sender unit

1 x Drivers dashboard Aluminium

1 x Passengers electrical dashboard Aluminium

2 x Leather bonnet straps, 1 x Rear luggage rack

1 x Set of Light surrounds polished Alloy

1 x Set of All Bumpers in Aluminium

Bodyshell and Parts Listed costs £ 41,000 + VAT

Please contact Martin Lane for further details or to discuss your requirements.

 Why is an Aluminium Car Body Considered to be Art in Motion?

To claim that things have changed during the last century would be an understatement with mass-production techniques in the manufacturing of cars bodyshells, such as those employed and popularised by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, today Japan leads the way with Nissan Motors being the most productive vehicle manufacturer building a new car in an average of 28.46 labour hours per vehicle, followed by Toyota 29.4 hours, Honda Motor Company 32.51 hours & over 1,400 hours to handbuild our replica aluminium XKSS recreation.

The craft of coach-building is as old as the coach itself, and in an automotive context, the term describes the production of a vehicle body by a specialist coach-builder.

By the late 1920s, vehicle design had begun to feature pronounced curves and more complex panels, influenced by and associated with the art-deco style. It was this period that saw the creation of what many regard as the most extravagant and beautiful cars ever made.

However, the labour-intensive process of coach-building was not mutually compatible with the economies of scale yielded by mass production, and the art form soon faded to the point of obscurity as car manufactures automated their mass production jelly mould vehicles of today.

Today several decades later, and coach-building craftsmen – some of who are from second and third-generation coach-building families – hone their skills either on restoring rusty classics to return them to their former glory or recreating from scratch such exotics as early Alfa Romeos, Audi, Bentley, Ferraris, Jaguars, Mercedes Benz & Rolls Royce. With amazing results and all achieved with equipment that is considered primitive in today’s world and is very labour intensive.

In essence, coach building involves the complete crafting of a vehicle’s body — floor-pan, firewall(s), roof, and exterior panels. While all of these require time, skill, and the right tooling to complete, it is the creation of exterior panels around body bucks that are most associated with the art.

 The key tools that coach-builders need and use in their craft are:

  • Wooden Buck to follow a shape & to help correctly fit the aluminium panels before welding everything together.
  • English Wheel is required for compound curves in the repair and manufacture of automotive panels, and require highly skilled labour, to produce different panels required using the same machine.
  • Bead Roller is one of the most important tools in a coachbuilder’s arsenal, allowing for beads or swages to be worked into metal sheets or tubes. A bead roller makes it easy to strengthen sheet-metal parts & work a bead into tube-ends.
  • Shrinker Stretcher operates so as to negate the need for more labour-intensive processes, including relief cuts, heating, and hammer shaping. This allows adding a gentle radius to a metal panel by either shrinking or stretching.
  • Planishing Hammer has a relatively small head with a large contact surface flat, and smooth in profile. Used in conjunction with an array of dollies — which must be chosen to best suit the curvature of the panel being finished — the planishing hammer is an important tool in achieving a smooth surface finish on a panel.
  • Brazing in contrast to standard welding procedures, brazing is used when metal is overlapped or parts need to be joined at as low a temperature as possible.

All these time-honoured served techniques all car manufacturers would have used including Jaguar Cars in the 1950s & 60s are employed in creating these individually handcrafted aluminium E Type, XKSS, Lightweight & Lowdrag replica recreation bodyshells, or as completed cars so you to can enjoy exhilarating driving and owning an exclusive handbuilt car of beauty from Lanes Cars.

Lanes Cars Celebrate Jaguar Cars E Type 60th anniversary in 2021

” Mass production cars have no soul”

Lanes Cars have been rebuilding & restoring Jaguars E Types since 1993 & can offer clients a choice of Replica Aluminium body XKSS, Lowdrag Coupe or Lightweight E Types built to your choice of specification. 

We offer all our potential clients the opportunity to visit us by appointment to discuss our preparation program of on our hand-built Replica Le Mans-winning heritage race cars for fast road use, as well as being able to offer a wide choice of proven upgrades to further enhance your enjoyment of driving a tribute to British designed world-beating Jaguar cars of the 1950s & ’60s

Historically Important Jaguar E Type’s rebuilt by Lanes Cars 


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