Jaguar SS Coupe

When William Lyons’ SS Cars introduced the 1938 Jaguar models, the company significantly raised even its own high standards. Although the new sedans maintained a clear familial resemblance to their predecessors, they featured a new and stiffer boxed chassis, an all-steel body replaced the former wood frame/steel outer panel combination, and a new 125-hp, 3.5-litre overhead-valve engine was introduced as an option to supplement the trusty 2.5-litre unit.

While there were 1,065 3.5-litre saloons, 241 drophead coupés and 118 open two-seaters built before World War II, closed coupés are much rarer, and except for one SS 100 built by Jaguar itself, they were almost exclusively custom-coachbuilt to special order.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como.

125 hp, 3,485 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual SU carburettors, Moss four-speed manual gearbox, solid front and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 3,050 mm (120").

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and

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