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1938 SS Cars SS 100 Roadster / 39048 Vehicle Information

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

1938 SS Cars SS 100 photograph

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Sold for $368,500 at 2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
Sold for $687,500 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Sold for $474,500 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
A name can foster all kinds of emotions. In the days immediately following the conclusion of the Second World War, 'SS' certainly didn't conjure up many happy memories for many Europeans including the British. Instead, 'Jaguar' was born.

Prior to World War II, what has become known as Jaguar was known as SS Cars Ltd. The company was based in Coventry, England. The company had gotten its start as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1934 but would quickly grow out of that to become a maker of small, 2-door sports cars. This suited the company rather well as many of the small British sports cars of the era weren't all that much bigger than some of the sidecars the coachbuilder had manufactured.

One of the last sports cars to be produced before the outbreak of the war for England would be one that would be offered at this year's RM Auctions in Monterey, California. The car was the SS100 and it was built between 1936 and 1940.

The SS100 was a successor of the SS90, a popular model that would come with a 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine. And while their appearance was stunning with its long, narrow nose and sweeping fenders that incorporated into running boards, the performance was lacking greatly, and therefore, was not well received by all.

The SS100 was meant to change that. By 1938, the car was coming with an overhead valve, 3.5-liter straight-six. When combined with twin SU carburetors, power increased from 70 bhp with the 2.5-liter edition, to 125 bhp with the 3.5-liter engine. This gave the car a top speed of 101 mph and a zero to 60 time of just 10.4 seconds.

Not only was the SS100 the first to take SS Cars Ltd. up to 100 mph, it would also be the first time in which the 'Jaguar' would be seen on a car. This would help set the tone for the company and for its future. While the SS100 wasn't the only car the company offered, with its improved performance, it certainly would be the only one in which most people would really care about.

This particular SS100 would be delivered, with its elegant design giving the effect of its narrow, rectangular nose seemingly splashing through water, to Lt. Col. A.W. Tate in England. Given the fact that many such cars would be taken to auxiliary airfields on days off and used for impromptu racing, it is believed this chassis also saw some time driving in some amateur races.

Such cars were not of much importance during the war as they would likely end up personal vehicles, or stored away. Therefore, not a whole lot is known about the car before it emerges once again in 1964.

At that time, the car would appear heading to the United States and a Jaguar enthusiast Ken Gardner. Upon receiving the car, Gardner would have the car enlisted in a comprehensive restoration. Immediately upon completion the car would be entered at the 1970 Indianapolis Grand Classic where it would earn the victory in the Primary Foreign Class. With a victory under its belt, the car would end up moving on to Floyd Moore of Glenview, Illinois. Things got even better for 39048 as it would go on to earn an AACA National First Prize.

Such a successful car could not be easily parted with and Moore would end up holding onto the car from 1970 until 1984 when he would sell it to Bernard Nevoral of Chicago. The purchase would make the SS100 part of Nevoral's private collection of classic sporting cars. The car would not merely sit there and look good. It would end up taking part in a number of vintage rallies and other events.

In 2010, the car would go through a body-off-frame restoration completed by Jeff's Resurrections of Taylor, Texas. The car would end up finished in correct blue with red leather interior. The car would also come complete with a historical file containing registrations, prior title documents, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate and numerous other fascinating materials.

An early 3.5-liter SS100, this car remains in a special place in Jaguar history as it is just one of 118 SS100s to be built before the company had to transition over to manufacturing for military purposes. With such a lively, successful history, and yet, a not so welcomed association with the German SS, this SS100 would go on to earn $687,500 at this year's auction.

Sources:
'Lot No. 235: 1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-liter Roadster', (http://www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r187&Currency=USD). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r187&Currency=USD. Retrieved 29 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'SS 90', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 1 May 2011, 16:47 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=SS_90&oldid=426911653 accessed 29 August 2011

Wikipedia contributors, 'SS Cars Ltd', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 August 2011, 10:18 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=SS_Cars_Ltd&oldid=446465679 accessed 29 August 2011

Wikipedia contributors, 'Jaguar SS100', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 July 2011, 15:07 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jaguar_SS100&oldid=440130579 accessed 29 August 2011

By Jeremy McMullen



2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $575,000-USD $775,000 
Sale Price :
USD $474,500

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $687,500

2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $375,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $368,500

1938 SS Cars SS 100 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39032
Sold for USD$415,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39048
Sold for USD$474,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar Roadster
Chassis#: 49049
Sold for USD$572,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 Jaguar SS100 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39064
Sold for USD$462,375
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39010
Sold for USD$583,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 Jaguar SS100 2½ Liter Roadster
Chassis#: 49049
Sold for USD$231,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39032
Sold for USD$852,500
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39010
Sold for USD$451,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39039
Sold for USD$852,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 49028
Sold for USD$396,142
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 SS100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39065
Sold for USD$402,737
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1938 Jaguar SS 100 3.5-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39032
Sold for USD$423,752
  2011 RM Auctions - London
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-Liter Roadster
Chassis#: 39048
Sold for USD$687,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5 Roadster
Chassis#: 39058
Sold for USD$242,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5 Litre
Sold for USD$368,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39051
Sold for USD$330,313
  2010 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1938 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 46131
Sold for USD$154,408
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1938 Jaguar SS 100
Chassis#: 39032
Sold for USD$341,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 image  
1938 SS100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39087
Sold for USD$327,579
  2009 Bonhams -Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1938 SS100 Jaguar 3 ½ litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39087
Sold for USD$260,348
  2009 Bonhams - RAF Museum
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 SS Cars SS 100's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Jaguar SS 100 3 1/2 Litre390672017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ $450,000$525,000
1938 Jaguar SS 100390272010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $200,000$250,000

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1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle thumbnail image  1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle thumbnail image  
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SS Cars SS 100 Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 18081
Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 18105

Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 18114
Engine Num: 252590
Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 18116
Engine Num: P36

Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 18124
Engine Num: 250798
Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Tourer
Chassis Num: 19098
Engine Num: 251080

Chassis information for the SS Cars 100 SS
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 49026
Engine Num: L1012E

Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39010
Engine Num: M1398E

Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39016
Engine Num: M529E
Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39032

Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39039
Engine Num: M536E
Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39048
Engine Num: M 549 E

Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 49049
Engine Num: T 9528

Chassis information for the SS Cars SS 100
1939 Roadster
Chassis Num: 39098
Engine Num: M 1080 E

1938 SS Cars SS 100

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