Owned at the time by Overseas Motors in Fort Worth, Texas, the first Jaguar XK-SS in the United States is taken out by Dave Tallaksen for a run at Eagle Mountain in April 1957. At this point the only competition preparation performed on the car is that its canvas top has been removed.
Photo: Bob Jackson
By late 1956 the production of Jaguar’s D-Type competition model had come to an end, but of a total of 71 cars built since 1954, 16 remained unsold. In an effort to find a different market for its increasingly obsolete inventory, the factory decided to convert each remaining competition car into a luxury, road-going version. The traditional finned headrest was removed from its aluminum body; a full-width, metal-framed windshield with side screens, windshield wipers, bumpers and a trunk-mounted luggage rack…
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