Jaguar has become one of the most revered names in international motor manufacturing, not only because of the company's spectacularly successful sports cars but also because of the unparalleled performance, styling and incredible value for money presented by their saloon cars.

Construction commenced on the new cars in late 1931 and it was introduced to the public at the London Olympia Motor Show that year as the SS1 Close-Coupled Coupe and could justifiably be called William Lyons first complete car of his own design. The car caused a sensation for its looks and the price was nothing short of incredible. For 300 pounds sterling the car came with the Standard Avon 2054cc engine or for another 10 pounds with the optional larger 2.5 liter 20 hp unit. The introduction of the cars coincided with a change of fashion, for within a year the helmet type front wings and rather cramped claustrophobic interiors were getting out of date. After an interim design in 1933, Lyons came up with genuinely beautiful 1934 models with a much improved radiator and a saloon that offered passengers a full view of the passing world.

The SS1 Coupes and Tourers were joined by the smaller sized and less powerful SS II in late 1932 and as a measure of both the models success in the market place, sold almost identical numbers at 502 and 547 units respectively.

The 1933 revisions brought a 4 seater coupe and tourer to the SS1 which sold steadily at 1249 units and the SSII received a 4 speed gearbox. More radical changes were seen in 1934 and introduced swept wings, more creature comfort and significant sporting aspects with powerful enlarged engines to the SS1 models. Now included in the lineup were Coupes, Saloons, Airline Saloons and open Tourer body styles. The SS II remained in production without the addition of the Airline Saloon.

It was a sensational looking car but was only 23 were built before Lyons once again revised his company structure and introduced the new SS Jaguar to the world in 1936. The SS90 was the design study for the incredible SS Jaguar 100, one of the many new cars that carried Jaguar to the highest pinnacle of motor car manufacture in the years to follow.

This car is a work of authentic SS1 and Standard parts that were assembled in the late 1960s by a professional specialist in the UK. The car has the body form and swept wings in the SS90 style with an early SS1 radiator, Lucas P 100 lamps, a custom hood design without the central hinge, period SS instruments and is executed on what is believed to be an Airline Coupe long chassis of 102 inches. The engine is that of a Standard 20 with twin Solex carburetors and the gearbox the correct 4 -speed manual version.

The car has been in America for nearly 30 years and in 1988 was sent to Basset Jaguar, well-known Jaguar specialists, for a full and comprehensive body-off restoration which took 3 years to complete at a cost of $92,000. Since then the car has been featured and shown at many events and has garnered its fair share of honors along the way.

SS90 and SS Jaguar 100 sports cars are very sought after by the collector market and command prices that relate to their rarity and prestige. There are many re-bodied cars on various chassis and engines that survived the rigors of World War II and the lovely lines of the SS90 attracted their fair share of custom specials to varying degrees of accuracy.

This lovely custom special appears to have been constructed professionally using propriety period parts and will therefore make an interesting and very useable fun addition for any discerning collector.
 

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