Unfortunately, there was a fire, and only nine remained, so the legend was born. One of those cars belonged to Steve McQueen, one of the most iconic XKSS owners. Leno was fortunate enough to drive Steve McQueen’s XKSS Jaguar eight years ago.
McQueen is huge when it comes to the XKSS’s history. His car was originally white with a red interior, but he changed it to green and nicknamed it “Green Rat.” He loved this car so much that he sold it, rebought it, and used it until his untimely death. It resides at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles and is one of the most expensive classic cars, going for about $30 million.
Leno’s friend Dan Moody built an XKSS Jaguar as a tribute to Steve McQueen’s car. While Leno rarely does resto-mods, this is a beautifully made, one-of-a-kind, and is as original as you can get built. It comes with an aluminum body with all original Jaguar parts.
Inspired by McQueen’s car, this XKSS took 2 years to build from start to finish. The original McQueen XKSS puts out 250 HP, Moody’s re-build makes 100 HP more. It also comes with a modern Cosworth-based 5-speed manual transmission.
According to Leno, the McQueen XKSS is the most modern vintage he has ever driven. It can still keep up with modern cars due to its design, and it's lightweight at 2,100 pounds (1,134 kg). The original can do the 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 5 seconds, and Moody’s can do it in less than 4 seconds. The Jaguar XKSS is a classic car legend with a script still written today.