Lot 209

The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction

1969 Jaguar XKSS Recreation by Lynx


$423,000 USD | Sold

United States | Los Angeles, California



Chassis No.
  • Showing less than 7,000 original miles
  • One of nine Lynx-built XKSS recreations
  • Special-ordered and purchased new by legendary car hunter Colin Crabbe
  • 3.8-liter dry-sump engine
  • Exceptionally original car

The Jaguar XKSS was derived from the D-Type racing program and is one of the most coveted Jaguars of all time. Racing regulations dictated that the D-Type be built in numbers greater than could be sold, so a street version was created called the XKSS. Modifications to make the D-Type acceptable for road use included installing a seat and door on the passenger side, fitting a full-width windscreen, and heat-shielding the side-exit exhaust system. A mohair hood and detachable side screens provided weather protection and, as twin fuel tanks and the spare wheel occupied the boot space, a luggage rack was provided on the tail. The 3.4-liter XK engine remained close to racing specifications, resulting in spectacular performance. The loss of a number of bodyshells in a fire at the Brown’s Lane Works in February 1957 severely curtailed the XKSS program, and only 16 had been made before production ceased in November of that year. Actor and racer Steve McQueen acquired one in 1958, adding to the mystique of the XKSS.

Among the most widely respected Jaguar experts on the planet is the Sussex-based firm of Lynx Engineering, which enjoys an international reputation for accuracy and quality second to none. Founded by Guy Black, Chris Keith-Lucas, and Roger Ludgate in 1968, Lynx began as a repair and tuning shop specializing in Jaguar C-Type and D-Type racing cars. In 1972, Lynx began constructing D-Types built from Jaguar’s production E-Type, as well as the XKSS, using the same master coachbuilders to create both.

This Jaguar XKSS was constructed by Lynx in the 1970s and is one of an exclusive series of only nine such cars made, ordered new by legendary car hunter, enthusiast, and racer Colin Crabbe. Working closely with Lynx founder Chris Keith-Lucas, Crabbe special-ordered the car with special cams, pistons, crankshaft, and 3.8-liter dry sump engine. In addition to the performance upgrades, Crabbe had the car’s foot-well area recessed two inches, allowing his 6-ft. 5-in. frame to fit comfortably in the car. Crabbe raced the car at Goodwood for several years before selling it to Aston Martin CEO Victor Gauntlett. Subsequently, the current owner purchased it, where it has been part of his collection for nearly 20 years, accumulating less than 7,000 since new.

With low mileage, superb pedigree, and in exemplary condition, this Lynx-built XKSS represents a unique opportunity to acquire a car ideally suited for vintage racing, rallies, and exhibition.