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Lot 150: Jaguar SS100 2� litre

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Ask any motoring enthusiast to nominate 20 cars for a Fantasy Collection and the odds are that an SS100 makes it onto the list; a rarity indeed, a car which so epitomises a period. Not only were its looks remarkable, its exceptional performance and distinguished competition track record allowed its reputation to survive the outbreak of the war, when the opportunities to display its prowess were severely curtailed.

When the 2 � litre SS100 was announced in 1936 it was the most beautiful car in the world. The ease of acquiring one directly from a dealer contrasted the usual practice with a car of this quality, when one chose the chassis and then selected a coachbuilder. Among the loveliest ever designed, the body, from its long louvered bonnet down to details such as the stone guards over the headlights, is near perfection - seldom does a car come around which is so right from every angle.

It also had an exceptionally competent chassis and the SS100 was soon making a name for itself in competition, particularly in rallies; as late as 1948 a 3 � litre SS100 was able to win the Alpine Rally outright.

Because the SS100 featured so often in competition results, one would be forgiven for thinking they were produced in large numbers, but in fact only 314 of all types were made. The company's main preoccupation was with its saloon car range  the sports cars were intended merely to draw attention to the 'Jaguar' saloons.

This SS100 was delivered new in 1937 to a Colonel W. V. Nugent, a highly decorated soldier who was awarded the DSO for gallantry. It was later exported to America where it was comprehensively restored during the 1980s and remained in the sunny Californian climate until 1988 when it was re-imported by classic car dealer Gerry Porter.

Upon re-importation the car was purchased for a private family collection where it remained for over twenty years. During the family's ownership 18083 was lovingly cosseted in the family's private museum and meticulously maintained by their in-house engineer.

Although the Jaguar was in exceptional condition, the fastidious owner undertook a thorough refurbishment of the bodywork and mechanics including a comprehensive engine rebuild by marque specialist David Davenport, completed i n 2010; this wonderful SS100 now runs beautifully and has covered only 445 miles since.

The lustrous Jaguar Opalescent Gunmetal Grey paintwork complements the burgundy leather interior beautifully. The gleaming brightwork , still retaining its original Lucas QK headlights and Owl's Eye rear lights, is also in excellent condition.

This is an extraordinarily well-presented example of an exceptionally desirable model, with its combination of effortless elegance and excellent road manners and is truly an iconic British sports car.

That the SS100 is so instantly recognisable is remarkable considering the rarity of the model, this being one of only 198 produced, and is testament to the perfect proportions and elegance of the bodywork.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number150
Estimate£175000-£200000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£177640
Year1937
Condition rating1
Registration numberNSU 698
Mileage-
Chassis number18083
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2