#7271 Jaguar XKSS (1957) Louwman Museum
Jaguar XKSS (1957) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
A total of only 16 Jaguars XKSS, a street version of the legendary D-type, came on the market. In spite of the car's triumphs Jaguar struggled to sell the last D-types when the factory withdrew from racing in 1956. Hence the decision to convert the remaining cars into a street version, the XKSS. The car was modified so it would conform to regulations for use on public roads. The rear fin of the D-types was removed as well as the partition between passenger and driver. A windscreen, side windows, a passenger door, chromed bumpers and a canvas hood were added. Part of the Jaguar factory in Coventry was destroyed by fire in 1957 and a number of XKSSs, both under construction and finished, were lost. A total of only 16 Jaguars XKSS came on the market, one of which was once owned by American actor Steve McQueen.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.