Jaguar SS Sports Saloon

The mighty Jaguar had its start as a simple swallow – such are the ironic annals of motoring history. William Lyons and William Walmsley began manufacturing motorcycle sidecars in Blackpool in 1922. By 1927, their Swallow Coachbuilding Company was turning out attractive little bodies on Austin, Morris, Fiat and Standard chassis. After a move to Coventry, they came out with the first of several generations of “SS” cars (for Swallow Sidecar), the SS1 of 1931. Based on the 16-hp Standard, it had an underslung chassis, a long bonnet and streamlined coachwork. A companion model, the SS2, was based on the Standard 9. Saloons, dropheads and tourers were offered by 1934, and a particularly attractive “Airline” fastback coupé developed a devoted following.

The Jaguar name was first used in 1936 on the handsome sports saloon. This car had a 2,663-cc overhead valve version of the Standard engine, somewhat redesigned by Harry Weslake and William Heynes.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

104 bhp, 2,663 inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott

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