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Jaguar XKSS - 1:18 Scale

  • Created by Amalgam recognized globally as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models
  • Unique work in its attention to detail and level of accuracy, precision and excellence
  • 1:18 scale model replica (approx. 25 cm | 10 inches in length) supplied in a luxury black box with protective outer carrying sleeve
  • Model mounted on a polished black acrylic base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover
  • Model title and original branding displayed on a polished stainless-steel plaque at the front end of the base
  • Booklet containing the certificate of authenticity along with information and collateral material about the car
  • Global shipping from Europe, delivered in special protective packaging
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Story

Often referred to as the world’s first supercar, the XKSS was the road-going version of the Le Mans dominating D-Type, which was victorious in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Jaguar withdrew from the competition at the end of 1956 season (private teams raced in 1957) and were left with several completed and partly completed builds. In an attempt to recoup the some of the investment, and to tap into the increasingly lucrative American market for European sports cars, these were converted into a road-going specification.

Only minor changes were made to the basic D-type structure, keeping the original 3.4 litre engine which provided 262 horsepower. A passenger side door was added, the large fin behind the driver and the divider between passenger and driver seats both removed. Further changes were made specifically for the American market: a full-width, chrome-surrounded windscreen was added; sidescreens were added to both driver and passenger doors; a folding, fabric roof was added for weather protection; chromed bumpers were added front and rear (a styling cue later used on the E-type); XK140 rear light clusters were mounted higher on the wings; and thin chrome strips were added to the edges of the front light fairings. Steve McQueen and James Hull both owned XKSSs, with the former referring to his car as the "Green Rat”.

Twenty-five cars had been at least semi-built before a fire in the Browns Lane plant in 1957 destroyed nine of the cars, leaving only sixteen XKSSs to be sold. In 2017, Jaguar delivered the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars to a select group of collectors and customers which, though completely new, used period chassis numbers. All of the cars sold at a price in excess of £1million each.

This perfect 1:18 scale Amalgam model of the Jaguar XKSS has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Jaguar regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation. Every Amalgam 1:18 scale model is supplied in a luxury black box with a protective outer carrying sleeve. Each model is mounted on a polished black acrylic base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover. The base holds a booklet containing the certificate of authenticity along with information and collateral material about the car. The model title and original branding is displayed on a polished stainless steel plaque mounted at the front end of the base.

Scale guide

Amalgam Collection occupies a unique place in the history of fine car models, fashioning unrivaled examples of the world’s most iconic and luxurious cars at scale.

At Amalgam Collection, models are created at a range of scales, with the primary focus on 1:18 and 1:8 models. This scale represents the ratio between the size of a model and its full-size counterpart. Put simply, the bigger the number to the right of the colon, the smaller the model car. The 1:18 scale models are approximately 25 centimeters (10 inches) in length.

How it's done

All Amalgam models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original, and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs. To create these perfect scale replicas of modern cars, CAD design, 3D printing, and CNC machining are combined with traditional machining and hand working techniques to create the most accurate and faithfully detailed models.

With regards to classics, digital scans of the original cars and around 1000 reference photographs are used to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drivetrain. It can take over 4000 hours to develop a 1:8 scale prototype, and each subsequent model takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build.

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