Over the past couple of years, various storied manufacturers have announced that they will be creating “continuation” cars. This is an interesting idea, but what are they? There are a couple of schools of thought about what constitutes a continuation car. One school suggests that the car uses an allocated chassis number and is built using the same components albeit many years later. Another school suggests that it is any car that has gaps in its production run. The current crop of continuation cars was probably started by Jaguar who built six lightweight E-Types using chassis numbers that were originally allocated in the early 1960s however the production run ended before these numbers were used. 50 years later they have used up those up allocated numbers. Then they muddied the waters in my opinion by announcing that they would be building a handful of XKSS cars using chassis numbers that had already been used, although the cars never made it to market because they were destroyed … [Read More...]
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