This SS100, chassis number 49026, was manufactured on December 24th of 1937 and was dispatched just after the New Year. It left the factory in black with grey trim. It was sold through Henleys Limited in London to its first owner. After World War II, the car made its way to the East Coast of the United States. IN the early 1960s, Robert Wood acquired the sports car from a fellow student while attending Cornell. After graduation, he returned home with the Jaguar and completed a body-off restoration and refinished the car in British Racing Green with a dark camel leather interior.
The car remained with Mr. Woods for the next three decades and was kept in climate-controlled storage when not in use. In the late 1990s, Mr. Wood sold the SS 100 to Gary Ford. The car appeared at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where the Jaguar earned a class award.
After several years with the car, Mr. Ford sold the car to Brian Classic, an English dealer. The current owner acquired the car from Mr. Classic in 2004. The current owner reupholstered the seats and door panels with leather and completed an extensive detailing of the engine compartment.
At the 2005 Radnor Hunt Concours the Jaguar received a class award and since earned numerous Best IN class, Peoples' Choice and Best in Show awards at various events. It was crowned the 2007 JCNA National Concours Champion in the pre-war category.
The car has painted wire wheels and period-appropriate tires. The engine is a six-cylinder overhead valve unit that displaced 2667cc with twin SU carburetors. It offers 100 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. There are four-wheel Girling mechanical drum brakes and a suspension by semi-elliptic leaf springs and friction shock absorbers.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It had a pre-auction estimated value of $325,000 - $400,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $319,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.