1979 Jaguar SS100 by Suffolk Engineering
|Odometer reading||2,483 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £47,000|
The SS100 was built between 1936 and 1940 by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. The nomenclature was to reflect the theoretical 100mph maximum speed and once approved by Sir William Lyons, the name 'Jaguar' was given to a new saloon version in 1936. Widely considered to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing Jaguar cars ever built, it is also one of the rarest with only 198 of the 2.5 litre and 116 of the 3.5 litre models being manufactured. Most stayed on the home market but 49 were exported. Cars in good condition now regularly fetch in excess of £300,000. It is of little surprise then, that those of us of a more impecunious persuasion would look for an alternative and a number of boutique car manufacturers set about feeding this demand, supplying good quality recreations at a fraction of the cost of a real one.
When re-imagined by Suffolk Sports Cars the rebuilt engine ancillaries included starter motor, alternator, distributor, water pump and a twin pipe stainless steel exhaust system being fitted. Also fitted were disc brakes, all as new, with adjustable shock absorbers on a six coil-spring suspension system, rack and pinion steering before finishing off with a louvered alloy bonnet.
This wonderfully presented example is finished in Old English White over a Claret dark red Connolly leather interior with red Wilton carpets and sits proudly on wire wheels. The engine is a Jaguar 4.2 litre unit and is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. Fitted with fuel injection the SS100 runs very smoothly indeed starting up ‘on the button’ and sounds fantastic. In excellent condition, the paintwork and interior are very good as is the engine bay which boasts smooth polished cam covers. Offered with the side screens, tonneau cover, hood bag and fitted hood, this car is equally adept in inclement conditions. Supplied with the car is a history file which includes the Suffolk build programme sheet, various invoices for maintenance, many old MoT test certificates, and the current UK V5C registration document. Interested parties should note that the Jaguar is registered as a 1979 Jaguar Sports. This superb example is offered with an MoT valid until October 2021 and is ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian.
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