65 years of the road-going D-Type
Sixty-five years ago Jaguar created what is often referred to as the world's first supercar: the XKSS. Following their withdrawal from competition racing at the end of the 1956 season, Jaguar were left with several completed and in progress D-Type chassis. In an attempt to recoup 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, and the XKSS was born.
The XKSS's pedigree was incredibly strong: the D-Type was victorious at Le Mans in 1955 and 1956, and would win again in 1957 in the hands of the Ecurie Ecosse team. 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 cosmetic changes were made specifically for the American market, including the introduction of a full-width, chrome-surrounded windscreen, sidescreens and a folding fabric roof.
Sixteen cars had already been delivered before a terrible fire at Jaguar's Browns Lane factory destroyed the nine cars still in mid-production. 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 and were built using the exact methods used on the period cars. Each car sold at a price in excess of £1million.
Our models of the Jaguar XKSS at both 1:8 and 1:18 scale exhibit the car in a beautiful Cotswold Blue with Brick Red interior colour scheme, and are available to purchase now. Every model is handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Jaguar Classic regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings.
Ferrari's 'Smooth Operator' signs contract extension
We are delighted to hear that Carlos Sainz has signed a contract extension with Ferrari until the end of the 2024 season. Carlos played a key role in helping the Scuderia earn third place in the Constructors' Championship ahead of arch-rival McLaren last season: the Spaniard earned four podiums in 2022, including a second position at Monaco, fractionally outscoring his teammate Charles Leclerc over the course of the twenty-two races. We are looking forward to witnessing Carlos and Charles battling for victories in the hunt for Ferrari's first honours since the 2008 Constructors' Championship.
If your interest is in another driver, a recent update to our website now allows you to filter and search our Formula 1, Formula E and GT race car models by driver.
McLaren MCL35M - Gulf Livery
Limited pre-orders now open
Our next batch of Gulf-livered 1:18 scale models, as raced in Monaco by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo during the Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2021, is nearing completion, and a very limited number of models are available to order, with delivery anticipated at the end of April. Due to the limited numbers of models available, orders will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. To reserve your model please order on our website through the link below.
Ultimate Ferrari 250 GTO
A new title from Porter Press International
We're excited to share a new book with you from our partners at Porter Press International: Ultimate Ferrari 250 GTO. Packed with superb photographs, many not previously published, this lavish two-volume production does true justice to the ultimate car, exploring the story of this iconic family of cars in more detail and with more authority than ever before. Limited to just 600 copies, this edition of books is written by esteemed classic car journalist James Page, with consultation from Ferrari virtuoso Keith Bluemel.
Special editions 1:8 scale
Beyond the incredible detailing of the original, our weathered models are meticulously hand-painted and detailed by our master model makers to show every detail of the race dirt, tyre wear and damaged bodywork of a particular car during a specific race.