Back in 1957, Jaguar had a mishap. They’d produced 25 beautiful XKSSs, but only 16 ever made it to market; the remaining nine died a sad death in a factory fire. Apologies for bringing up such a painful topic. We’ll give you a moment to collect yourself…

Now, 60 years later, Jaguar is recreating those nine cars. The very limited edition run will feature what is essentially a brand-new version of the original, with cars available next year.

It took 18 months of research, lots of studying and 3D scans of original XKSS Jags to resuscitate this model into a true representation of the 1957 version. From the 3.4-liter straight-six engine to the interior, they’re staying true to form. The wood steering wheel, the grain of leather for the seats and the brass knobs on the dashboard make it feel like you’ve stepped back in time to reclaim a 262-horsepower piece of the past.

It does get some updates though, mostly for safety reasons—think upgraded fuel tank, brake lines and seat belts—all things modern drivers should be happy to oblige.

The nine Jags are expected to fetch about 1 million GBP each (roughly 1.25 million USD), but considering the history here, and that each car took about 10,000 hours of manual labor to build, we’d call that a steal.

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