Lot 157 - 1975 Jaguar SS100 By Birchfield
|Odometer reading||4,177 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,480|
The Birchfield Sports is inspired by the famous Jaguar SS100 of the 1930s. Viewed by many as the best SS100 replicas in the world, The Birchfield Sports was originally created by Nick Topping as a one-off in 1982 before Clive Smart of Shapecraft in Northampton subsequently put it into production. Clive, a specialist car builder, had his roots in the traditional craft of working with steel and aluminium bodies over a timber frame. He wanted to produce a car which would use the tried and tested mechanical parts of the Jaguar XJ6 but built onto a body designed on the evocative lines of the beautiful Jaguar SS100. It was this concept which resulted in the Birchfield Sports. Due to the complexity of the design almost all of these cars were built by the professional engineers at the company itself. As only 22 Birchfields were ever built they rarely become available and are currently marketed at around or above the £100,000 mark. The body is hand-formed from 16-gauge aluminium over a chassis made from 40mm square steel tube with a rigid backbone. The running gear was sourced from the tried and tested Jaguar XJ6 and used the straight-six XK 4.2-litre engine which gives fabulous performance in such a lightweight car. The wheels are bolt-on 6.5Jx15" chrome wires with stainless steel spokes.
This lovely example of this rare British built tribute to its more famous forbearer the Jaguar SS100, had its aluminium panels handmade by a group of ex-Aston Martin panel beaters and the result is stunning. Presented in red with tan leather interior, walnut dash and its automatic gearbox is mated to a 4.2 Jaguar engine, this truly is a great fun sports car. It has a black hood and has had only two previous owners in the last 37 years with the car having only covered a mere 4177 miles from when it was built. Aesthetically pleasing with a fabulous exhaust note from its twin rear protruding exhausts, this sports car will delight many both as a driver or a passenger, attracting many enviable glances at the same time!
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