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1938 SS Cars SS 100 Roadster Vehicle Profile

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1938 SS Cars SS 100
The Jaguar SS100 is a two-seat sports car built between 1936 and 1940 by SS Cars Ltd. of Coventry, England. The Model 100 name reflected the 3.5 liter Model's ability to exceed 100 mph, an unheard of speed for a production vehicle at that time. Because of this performance, an animal name was suggested; once approved by founder Sir William Lyons, the name 'Jaguar' was given to their new sedan in 1936, and from that point forward to all their cars.

The chassis has a wheelbase of 8 feet, 8 inches, a shortened version of their more common 2.5-liter sedan. Suspension is semi-elliptical leaf springs all round with rigid axles; tires are 5.5 inches on 18-inch wheels and brakes are Girling. The engine is a straight six-cylinder model developed from an older 2.5-liter unit, featuring a modern cylinder head with overhead valves and an output of 100 horsepower. Twin SU carburetors were bolted directly to the cylinder head. In 1938 the displacement increased to 3.5-liters and power to 125 horsepower. The four-speed gearbox has synchromesh on the top three ratios.

Widely considered one of the most beautiful Jaguars, it is also quite rare, with just 198 of the 2.5-liter and 112 of the 3.5-liter models made. Only 49 were exported. This particular car made its way to the United States in 1960 and saw a variety of owners until its current owner acquired it in 1988. Originally delivered in Gunmetal Gray, it was refinished in British Racing Green. It has taken first place in a number of notable Concours d'Elegance.



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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
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1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39048
Sold for USD$474,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1938 SS 100 Jaguar Roadster
Chassis#: 49049
Sold for USD$572,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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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
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1938 Jaguar SS100 2½ Liter Roadster
Chassis#: 49049
Sold for USD$231,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
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1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39032
Sold for USD$852,500
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39010
Sold for USD$451,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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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
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1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-Liter Roadster
Chassis#: 39048
Sold for USD$687,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
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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
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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
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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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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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