Lot 259 - 1937 Jaguar (2½ litre) Saloon
|Odometer reading||92,181 km|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £44,800|
Before the Second World War, the name Jaguar was the model name given to the complete range of cars built by SS Cars Ltd. The saloons were entitled SS Jaguar 1½ litre, 2½ litre and 3½ litre, whilst the two-seater sports car was born the SS Jaguar 100 2½ litre or 3½ litre. The model that followed these cars was called the Jaguar Mk. V and so the immediate post war trio have become known, unofficially, as the Mk. IV Jaguars. The SS Jaguar 2½ litre saloon boasted a 102bhp six-cylinder, Weslake-designed cross-flow OHV cylinder head on its Standard engine, which caused quite a sensation when it was launched at a trade luncheon for dealers and press at London's Mayfair Hotel on 21st September 1935 even though this car was, in fact, a prototype. The Motor magazine in its announcement issue of 24th September 1935 referred to the SS Jaguar's distinguished appearance, outstanding performance and attractive price.
This extremely well presented, matching numbers, example was, as confirmed by the accompanying JDHT Heritage Certificate, built and registered in January, 1937 and supplied to WE du Vivier in Brussels.
In 1980, it was then acquired by the second owner, again in Brussels, where it remained until 2001.
It was then sourced by Autostorica of Barcelona for a client of theirs, Sig. Alfredo Jauset, a collector in Cataluña, Spain. The following year, it was comprehensively restored (with glass out) to include body, full interior and drive train from stem to stern.
Now in tip-top condition, the car has exhibited in a Catalan museum for the last 12 years, where it has been taken to an array of shows, a number of which it won outright. It was purchased by the current owner only recently and repatriated back to the UK. It is fully registered and comes complete with a ten month MoT test certificate. The driving experience is reported to be sublime with London-driving undertaken with aplomb. Temperatures all remain within limits and this, combined with beautifully prepared styling, makes for a delightful experience all round.
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