1947 Jaguar SS100 RecreationSOLD

COYS Nürburgring Auction - Saturday 11th August 2007

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Estimate: €90,000-105,000

Sold: €83,543

Although the main focus of SS/Jaguar in the 1930s was on it saloons, it is the sports-car range that is best remembered today, evolving from the SS90 of 1935, to the SS100 2.5 litre of 1936, and finally to the SS100 3.5 litre of 1938. The exterior remained virtually unchanged but many changes were made under the simple but effective body. Derived from the SSI, the SS90 was created by cutting 15 inches out of the saloon's chassis. Power came from a side-valve, straight-six engine which delivered 70bhp. More power was needed and after a production run of only 23 cars, the SS90 was replaced by the SS100. The main difference between the two was the Harry Weslake designed overhead valve cylinder head which yielded an extra 30bhp, and with a relatively low weight, 102bhp and the competitive price, it made the SS100 an immediate hit.

Production of the SS100, though, was not a priority with the company still focussing on its very successful saloon cars. When production was cut short by the Second World War in 1939, only 190 of the SS100 2.5 litre and even less (118) of the 3.5 litre variant had been constructed. Given then that these cars were great to drive, benefiting as they did from that lusty six cylinder engine, looked fabulous and performed extremely well, it is little surprise that people looked carefully at this combination and wondered if it could be replicated.

The vendor of this faultless specimen had those exact thoughts. After doing well in his chosen field, he employed a specialist engineer, Jack Buckley from Vintage Car Restorations, to put such a car together. Mr Buckley benefited from having a complete set of plans and bucks made from original SS100 panels and parts, including the windscreen. This ensured millimetre perfect copies were fabricated of all knobs, mouldings and the radiator cowling, as well as the ash sub-chassis.

Donated from a Jaguar Mk V, which used the same unit, the 3ğ litre engine was completely stripped down to its component parts and rebuilt to exacting standards. The correct drive train also came from the Mk V and twin fuel pumps have been incorporated, an accepted modification with these cars. Aeroscreens can also be found as well as full all-weather equipment while full red leather Connolly hide graces the cockpit as well as leather trimmed carpets. With over seven coats applied, the paintwork, in deep Jaguar midnight blue, reflecting the colour combinations of the time, should last well. Wheels incorporate stainless steel spokes with chrome rims shod with Dunlop Gold Seal tyres; the spinners have been created from solid brass with a chrome finish.

A number of original parts have also been sourced, however, and these include QK headlamps costing in excess of £3,500 alone, all six dash-mounted instruments, the cigar lighter (most troublesome), the 3ğ litre SS100 front badges, spot lights and horns. This meticulous project took a staggering 14 years to complete and over £80,000 in parts and man-hours. Finally, in 1995, it undertook its first rally, the Manchester to Blackpool, where, and unsurprisingly, it performed faultlessly. The Cherished Car Valuation Certificate records a figure of £75,000 and with road tax and a full years MoT test certificate, this stunning example, with only 550 miles recorded, must represent the very highest of compliments to Sir William Lyons' original creation.

Reference Number 11800

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1947 Jaguar SS100 Recreation
VIN 511664