Peter Scott's Virtual SS Jaguar
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The first Jaguar cars appeared in 1936 comprising a 2.5 litre saloon, a 1.5 litre saloon (which used a scaled down copy of the 2.5 litre body) and a two seater sports car which shared the 2.5 litre engine and transmission, and was called the SS Jaguar 100.
These first Jaguars all used traditional coach building techniques with bodies comprising metal panels supported on wooden frames. Demand for the the cars was considerable and William Lyons recognised that it would only be possible to meet demand by converting to an all steel construction.
The car featured in this web site is from this second generation of Jaguars. The model range in this generation increased to include a 3.5 litre engine option and drop head coupe versions of the saloons.
The SS 100 remained unchanged except for the addition of the 3.5 litre engine option but the second generation saloons whilst very similar in appearance, were physically bigger than their earlier relatives. The 2.5 litre and 3.5 litre versions shared the same chassis and body parts except that the 3.5 litre radiator was slightly wider. The second generation 1.5 litre uses a smaller chassis than its big sisters but carries the same body from the windscreen backwards.
The car featured here was originally supplied to a Mr. J. F. Hardie by Henlys of Manchester. The original registration number is unknown but is thought to have been FNB ???. If I ever manage to track down the original number I will be tempted to restore the car to the original colour which was Suede Green.
The period from 1939 through to 1965 is unknown but in '65 the car was sold to Eddie Rossiter's Scrap yard, near Shepton-Mallet, with a cracked engine block. Eddie sold it on to a local lad who replaced the engine and it then passed through various owners in the west country and London before it eventually came to be stripped and part restored by the previous owner. After a period of 10 years off the road I "completed" the restoration in 1993 and have covered some 11,000 miles in her since that time.
If anyone remembers a green 2.5 litre SS Jaguar being scrapped near Shepton- Mallet in 1965 I would love to hear from them.
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