1933 SS Cars SS1 Saloon Vehicle Profile

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1933 SS Cars SS1 photograph

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Saloon
SS Cars Ltd of Foleshill, Coventry offered a 9 horsepower, 1006cc SS2 for the 1933 season along with a 15.9 horsepower 2054cc unit on the SS1. Their vehicles were both stylish and sporty.
At the 26th Motor Exhibition at Olympia in October 1932 Swallow Coachbuilding Co. Ltd., as they were then called, displayed their productions in the coachbuilders' section of the show, as the SS had not yet been regarded as a marque in its own right. Other companies in this highly competitive group included Riley, MG, and Singer. Their goal was to produce a budget-priced sports car for a market that was quickly emerging from a recession and a depression. The SS Company was a late starter in this group, announcing their SS1 model in September of 1932 of the 1933 season. It had a long wheelbase chassis that measured 9 feet and 11 inches and the coachwork reflected the elegant flowing wings styled by Mr. Lyon's himself. In the back, the vehicle featured an underslung chassis with centre cruciform bracing. The Standard engines now featured aluminum cylinder heads with higher compression ratios, gave the vehicle a sporty persona. The early models suffered from heating problems, but this problem was soon rectified.

The large wheelbase offered comfortable four-passenger accommodation. The flowing front wings, sweeping into integral running boards, gave it a striking appearing. The upswept scuttle on the open four-seaters deflected the wind when driving with windscreen folded flat.

In 1931 the Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Coventry, England, used a Standard Motor Company 16 horsepower, 2.054 liter inline six-cylinder motor and a low-slung chassis to create the SS1 - a sharp contrast to other sports cars of the era. In 1934 the Company was renamed S.S. Cars Ltd. and then in 1945 it became Jaguar, in accord with the name of its very popular sports models.

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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 SS1 Four-seater Tourer
Chassis#: 136700
Sold for $69,426
  2009 Bonhams - RAF Museum
 

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Swallow SS11932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis Num: 135302
Engine Num: 135279
Chassis information for the SS Cars SS11934 Saloon
Chassis Num: 247396
Engine Num: 247249
Chassis information for the SS Cars SS11934 Roadster
Chassis Num: 247564
Chassis information for the SS Cars SS11935 Four Seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas


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