Lot 272 - 1938 Jaguar SS 1½ litre Saloon
|Odometer reading||76,352 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
The Jaguar MK. IV was a re-launch of a pre-Second World War model made by SS Cars Ltd. from 1936. Before the war, the name Jaguar was the model name given to the complete range of cars built by SS Cars Ltd. The saloons were titled SS Jaguar 1½ litre, 2½ litre or 3½ litre. After the war, the company name was changed to Jaguar Cars Ltd. All the cars were built on a separate chassis frame with suspension by semi-elliptic leaf springs on the front and rear. Pre-war, the car was available as a saloon or drophead coupé, although post war only the saloon was produced. Prior to 1938, body construction on all the models was by the traditional steel on wood method but in that year it changed to all steel. The cabin dimensions and well-appointed interior were very similar to its larger-engined brothers.
This striking Jaguar SS 1½ litre saloon is a matching numbers car as confirmed by the accompanying Jaguar Heritage certificate. Supplied originally to a Mr. Jack Trotman of Stockport on 6th August 1938, it is believed Mr.Trotman kept the car for 62 years with the car changing hands for the first time in September 2000. Finding its way to Italy in the new millennium, this 1½ litre saloon underwent restoration, although the original seats were retained and have a splendid patina to them. The Jaguar returned to the UK in March 2012 and the current vendor managed to re-register the car on the original registration plate of BOW 353. According to the Jaguar Owners Club, there are only 61 1½litre all steel saloon cars worldwide and it is thought this is one of only six in the UK. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, together with a comprehensive collection of photos detailing the restoration, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a very useable pre-war classic.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.