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Lot 154: Jaguar SS Tourer

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

Forerunner of the marque 'Jaguar' from SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, the SS predated yet epitomised the later advertising slogan, Grace, Space, Pace. Founded in 1922 in Blackpool by William Walmsley and William Lyons, the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926.

The SS was Sir William Lyons' first venture into full scale car manufacture and represented a massive leap from his previous venture producing elegant bodies for motorcycle sidecars and for chassis from established manufacturers. The staple model was its first effort, the SS, which gave the world the first opportunity to see Sir William Lyons' styling flair, a feature of every SS and Jaguar model until his retirement nearly forty years later.

The appearance of the larger SS was quite striking. At a time when car-obsessed small boys judged the horsepower of a car by the length of its bonnet the SS was the stuff of fantasy. It was a long, low vehicle with a short passenger compartment, wire wheels, and an elegant trunk and rear-mounted spare tyre. Its expensive looks belied its excellent value, always a Lyons trademark, and amazed the opposition.

Originally supplied to Henlys on the 26th November 1936 and first registered to a Miss E.N Carr, this graceful SS Tourer is resplendent in burgundy with black running boards, complementing a red hide interior featuring charming period touches such as 'sun burst' door panels and blue on silver period dials and to keep the elements at bay a black hood can be deployed to protect the occupants.

The car is supplied with a V5 document, current MoT certificate valid until March next year and Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate and is described by the vendor as being in excellent condition throughout having undergone a restoration in the 1990s.

With their impeccable pedigree and background it is easy to see why these cars remain amongst the most sought after and collectible British sports cars from the inter-war period and of all the SS Tourer's currently available, chassis 19076 must rank as one of the best.

An exquisite example of Sir William Lyons' early production model and a car which would grace any collection of historic Jaguars.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number154
Estimate£90000-£110000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£96000
Year1936
Condition rating1
Registration number855 YUC
Mileage-
Chassis number19076
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2