For Sale: 1936 Jaguar SS Tourer

1936 Jaguar SS Tourer

Price: £60,000.00

Added: Monday 30th

Contact: Coys [auction]

Phone: 020 8614 7888

Location: Richmond, Surrey

Category: Jaguars » Saloons » Mk1, Mk2, 240, 340, Daimler V8


SS Cars Ltd was a British car manufacturer that grew out of the Swallow Sidecar Company and was first registered under this new title in 1934; it would be 1945 before the company changed its name to Jaguar Cars Ltd. The Swallow Sidecar Company had moved from its roots making stylish sidecars to become a coachbuilder adding new bodies to other makers’ chassis and running gear before, in 1932, launching a car of its own, the SS1. Four years earlier the factory base had moved from Blackpool to Coventry, in the heart of the British motor industry.

Under the guidance of founder and chairman, William Lyons, the company survived the depression years by making a series of beautifully designed cars offering exceptional styling and performance. The engines, modified to designs by William Heynes and Harry Weslake, and chassis were supplied by the Standard Motor Company, with a large design input to the latter from SS, while the bodywork was added at the Coventry works. The first of the SS range of cars was the 1932 SS1 with 2.0 or 2ð litre side valve, six cylinder engine. Initially available as coupé or tourer, a saloon was added in 1934 when the chassis was widened by two inches. 1932 saw the smaller engined SSII join the range.

This particular SS Tourer is one of only three known to still exist in Europe according to information supplied by the vendor. With its 3.6 litre engine the car will easily cruise at 90mph and the hydraulic brakes have the reassuring ability to cope with such speeds. As a result of this superb mechanical specification, the car has featured in numerous long distance rallies and events throughout the world including Spain, Italy, Jordan and Norway to mention a few.

It has been confirmed by the enthusiastic long term owner of the car that not only has it been comprehensively restored, it has also always benefited from a consistent maintenance programme which has led to the car’s current condition - superb throughout.

A large engined, powerful and imposing pre-war British sports tourer from one of it’s greatest sporting manufacturers.

Auction guide price: €85,000 to €95,000

Auction date: Saturday, 11th August 2007

Auction location: Nürburgring, Germany

Auctioneer: Coys

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