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Lot 48

1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 18123
  • Engine no. 253174
  • Body no. 4849

€300.000 - €360.000


102 bhp, 2,663 cc overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine with dual SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and solid axle rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs and friction shock absorbers, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,641 mm

  • Fully restored, matching numbers, and in original colours
  • Documented competition history in period
  • Formerly owned by Tom Walkinshaw
  • Recently driven in the Mille Miglia


The SS Jaguar 100 was the first true performance car from SS, and it breathed new life into the gorgeous design of its predecessor, the SS 90, with a revised radiator, new headlamps, and sporty Le Mans-type fuel tank. Under the bonnet was markedly improved performance, with a new 102-horsepower, overhead-valve six-cylinder engine with a new cylinder head and dual SU carburettors. The model was named for the top speed that it could reach, 100 mph, and it quickly became popular with enthusiasts. That enthusiasm has never waned.



SS 100 marketing literature described it as having been “designed primarily for competition work…[but] equally suitable for ordinary road use, for despite the virility of its performance, it is sufficiently tractable for use as a fast touring car without modification”. Many owners took this to heart and used their cars both as primary transportation and in many forms of motorsport, including hill climbs, rallies, and road races. As a result, an SS 100 was a common sight at such circuits as Donington Park and RAC rallies.



The 2½-Litre Roadster shown here is recorded in The Forerunners of Jaguar, by Terry McGrawth, as having been delivered from the factory 23 July 1937, and then it was sold to L. Freeman. It is one of few survivors with period competition history, which includes such finishes as 3rd in the 25-mile Strathpine race at Brisbane in August 1946 and a 1st place finish in the same race in September 1947, driven by then-owner Walter Mathison. Continuing the car’s competition heritage, it was later owned by the late renowned builder and driver of racing Jaguars, Tom Walkinshaw, as part of his personal collection. It is important to note that the car’s rallying participation has been continued in recent decades, including participation in the 1988 Coppa D’Italia and more recently in the Mille Miglia.



A total restoration was undertaken in the late 1990s, returning the car to period-correct specification. This SS 100 retains its original matching-numbers engine and drivetrain, and it has more recently been refinished in its original, extremely attractive factory colour of Suede Green, with dark green hides, green carpets, and a fawn bonnet. It runs on body-colour-coded wire wheels that are shod in Dunlop tyres.



This wonderful SS Jaguar 100 is an ideal choice for continued vintage rallying, as it bears a heritage of competition that it has carried for nearly 70 years. It has a charming, understated appearance that few can claim, and it has the performance for which the model was famed.






Moteur six-cylindres en ligne, 2 663 cm3, 102 ch, soupapes en tête, deux carburateurs SU, boîte manuelle quatre rapports, roues avant indépendantes, pont arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-elliptiques à lames et amortisseurs à friction, freins à tambours à commande mécanique sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 641 mm.



  • Complètement restaurée, « matching numbers », couleur d'origine
  • Historique d'époque documenté en competition
  • Ancienne voiture de Tom Walkinshaw
  • Participation récente aux Mille Miglia




Première vraie voiture de sport produite par SS, la Jaguar SS 100 a apporté une nouvelle vie à la forme de sa devancière, la SS 90, avec une calandre modifiée, de nouveaux phares et un réservoir d'essence sportif type le Mans. Sous le capot se cachaient les améliorations les plus significatives, avec un moteur six-cylindres à soupapes en tête équipé d'une nouvelle culasse et de deux carburateurs SU. Il développait 102 ch. Le modèle devait son nom à la vitesse maximum qu'il pouvait atteindre, 100 mph (161 km/h), et les amateurs n'ont pas tardé à l'apprécier. Cette passion n'a jamais faibli.



Les catalogues de la SS 100 la décrivaient comme ayant été « conçue tout d'abord pour la compétition... [mais] pouvant convenir également à un usage sur route car, malgré ses performances viriles, elle est suffisamment facile à conduire pour être utilisée sans modifications comme une voiture rapide ». De nombreux possesseurs de SS 100 ont pris ces mots à la lettre et ont utilisé leur voiture aussi bien comme moyen de transport que pour différentes formes de sport automobile, comme les courses de côte, les rallyes et les circuits. Si bien que la SS 100 est devenue une présence familière sur des circuits comme Donington Park ou parmi les participants aux Rallyes du RAC.



Le Roadster 2½-Litre proposé ici est mentionné dans l'ouvrage de Terry McGrawth, The Forerunners of Jaguar, comme ayant été livré par l'usine le 23 juillet 1937, et vendu à L. Freeman. Il s'agit d'une des rares survivantes affichant un historique d'époque en course, avec notamment une troisième place en août 1946 à la « 25-mile Strathpine race », à Brisbane, et une victoire au classement général de cette même épreuve en septembre 1947, entre les mains de son propriétaire Walter Mathison. Pour compléter le patrimoine compétition de la voiture, elle a appartenu plus tard au regretté Tom Walkinshaw, constructeur et pilote renommé de Jaguar de course, faisant partie de sa collection personnelle. Il est important de noter que la participation de la voiture en rallyes s'est poursuivie il y a une vingtaine d'années, avec par exemple une participation à la Coppa d'Italia 1988 et, plus récemment, aux Mille Miglia.



Une restauration complète a été entreprise à la fin des années 1990, et la voiture a retrouvé ses spécifications d'époque correctes. Cette SS 100 comporte son moteur et sa transmission d'origine (« matching numbers ») et a été peinte récemment dans sa très belle teinte d'origine, « Suede Green », avec une sellerie en cuir vert foncé et une capote fauve. Elle repose sur des jantes à rayons peints de la couleur de la carrosserie, chaussées de pneus Dunlop.



Choix idéal pour prendre part aux rallyes de voitures anciennes, portant depuis presque 70 ans un héritage de compétition, cette magnifique Jaguar SS 100 affiche une apparence séduisante et sobre que peu de voitures égalent, et offre les performances qui ont rendu le modèle célèbre.

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