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Lot 150: Jaguar SS Tourer


It was in anticipation of the September 1935 London Motor Show that William Lyons and his management team at SS Cars prepared a major announcement to the world's press. Not only would the factory launch a new product line to replace the ageing SS1 and SS90 models, but they would adopt a new name for the company which would soon become a famous marque in its own right. The name chosen was of course Jaguar, and to maintain a link to the company's recent past the name and familiar art-deco SS badges continued to be applied to the new models. Production of the new Jaguar SS cars began in late 1935. The first cars to bear the soon-to-be famous name of Jaguar were the SS Saloon, the four seat Jaguar SS Tourer and Jaguar SS100 open two seater. The new cars benefited from a Heynes-designed chassis and revised 6 cylinder engines of 2.7 litre capacity fitted with the OHV cylinder head designed by Weslake and offered a year later as a 3.5 litre version. By the time car production stopped in 1940 when Jaguar devoted its considerable engineering and manufacturing skills to military projects as varied as the production of Spitfire wing and oil tank components to amphibious 10cwt lorry trailers, a total of 4,890 Jaguar SS Saloons, 314 SS100 and 98 SS Tourers had left the factory. The SS Tourer is the rarest version of the first cars to bear the Jaguar name and this is one of a very few known to exist worldwide. 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 'sunburst' 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 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 Tourers 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
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number150
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Condition rating0
Registration number855 YUC
Chassis number19076
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