The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features “one of the most exciting cars in the history of the automobile,” Leno says — Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS.
Steve McQueen passed away at the young age of 50 due to cancer. Despite his premature death, McQueen left behind a collection of cars and motorbikes that would make anybody jealous. One such example was his 1956 Jaguar XKSS. The Jaguar XKSS is actually the road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type endurance racing car. Today the car is now owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The car however is not just a museum piece it regularly leaves the museum on a regular basis to attend car shows, and now it’s taking a well-earned stop at Jay Leno’s Garage.
“Driving this car is like meeting a movie star. It sounds like Pavarotti”, Leno says while driving.
One unique feature of this Jaguar is that Steve McQueen had a special compartment made to store his sunglasses and cigarettes. (Leno says McQueen’s sunglasses also sold for $70,000, which puts some perspective on why his car commands such as high price.)
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