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1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre Coupe / 30182X Vehicle Information

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre photograph

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Sold for $385,000 at 2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey.
The 1938 SS Cars had a new stiffer boxed chassis, an all-steel body replaced thee wood/steel combination, and a 3.5-liter overhead valve 125 horsepower offered as an option to the 2.5-liter unit.

There were 1,065 examples of the 3.5-liter salons produced, plus 241 drop-head coupes, and 118 OTS built before World War II. Except for one SS 100 built by Jaguar itself, they were coachbuilt to special order.

This example was shipped as a bare saloon chassis to Hermann Graber, at Wichtrach, near Berne, Switzerland, in May 1938. The car was registered in Switzerland as a 'Limousine Coupe' on March 31st of 1949 to Enterprise de Grads Travaux S.A. of Lausanne. In 1953, the car was registered to 'Labhart Thelma Violet' of Geneva and later believed to have been purchased by a Canadian serviceman who retuned to Canada with it. By 1956, it was in the care of Brian Metcalfe of Ontario before eventually being purchased by Frederick Corp, who drove it until 1963, and then put it into storage. It was purchased in the early 1970s by George Baker of Windsor, Ontario.

Richard Van Rozeboom of Fresno purchased it late in 1977. In 1986, it was purchased by Dave Martin of California, then sold it to David Gill of Chicago in 1987, who commissioned its restoration.

Kathy and Gerald Nell purchased the car in 1990 and commissioned RM Auto Restoration to restore the car in 1994. Upon completion, it was painted royal blue instead of the original black and gray.

In 1994, the car was shown at the Meadow Brook Concours and won the Designer's Choice Award. It was JCNA National Class winner in 1995 and competed in seven JCNA shows from 1995-99, scoring 99.96-100 points. It has won a ribbon at the Pebble Beach Concours and won at Eyes on Classics and masterpiece of Style and Speed.

In 2010, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $500,000-$700,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $385,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010



2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $385,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Jaguar SS Coupe
Chassis#: 30182X
Sold for USD$385,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre image  1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 SS Cars 3.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 JAGUAR SS100 3½ LITRE ROADSTER390832015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction   
1938 Jaguar SS Coupé by Graber301822011 RM Auctions Villa d'Este$210,000$300,000$400,000

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SS Cars 3.5 Litre Vehicle Profiles
Sport Saloon
SS Cars 3.5 Litre Sport Saloon

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Coupe
SS Cars 3.5 Litre Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 30182X
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
SS Cars 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 46037
Engine Num: L509
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Sport Saloon
SS Cars 3.5 Litre Sport Saloon

Chassis Num: 50038
Engine Num: K47
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History


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