This SS-100 Jaguar Roadster was built prior to World War II by the SS Car Company of Great Britain. With the SS name having an unsavory connotation, SS Cars took on the model name and, hence became Jaguar.
The SS 100 was designed by Sir William Lyons. Built on a 102-inch wheelbase, this car is powered by a 3.5 litre overhead valve, six cylinder engine that sports dual SU carburetors. The horsepower was rated at 125 at 4,350 rpm.
The SS-100 was a lot of sports car for the money, yet only 116 of the 3.5 litre version and 198 of the 2.5 litre version were produced from 1936 to 1938.
The SS100 was built between 1936 and 1940 by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. The last one is though to have been delivered in 1941. In 1936 the name Jaguar was given to a new Saloon car and from then on to all the cars. Following the war, due to the connotations then attached to the initials SS, the company was renamed 'Jaguar.'
'The Autocar' magazine reported the new 2.5-liter (20 Royal Automobile Club horsepower rating) car, with the windscreen lowered, to have a maximum speed of 95 mph and a zero-to-sixty mph time of 13.5 seconds. With the 3.5-liter (25 RAC hp rating) the top speed reached the magic 100 mph with a best of 101 mph over the quarter mile and the 0-60 mph coming down to 10.4 seconds.
Widely considered to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing Jaguar cars, it is also one of the rarest with only 198 of the 2.5-liter and 116 of the 33.5-liter models being made.