1934 SS Cars SS1 Roadster / 247564 Chassis Information

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS1 photograph

1934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS11934 SS Cars SS1
Roadster
Chassis #: 247564
In 1934 William Walmsley, Chairman and Managing Director of SS Cars Ltd designed and had built a special SS for himself. It is built on a standard SS1 chassis and utilized the same car's 6-cylinder side valve engine but would be a true two-seater sports car with a disappearing convertible top and fold down windshield all to provide 'wind in your face' kind of motoring that Walmsley cherished from his motorcycle and Swallow Sidecar days.

This sleek new SS version, finished in Walmsley's favorite color, Olive green with matching Olive green leather interior, was completed in March 1934. True to his roots, Walmsley designed the body to be built out of aluminum, as were his beloved Swallow Sidecars. While utilizing the chassis of the SS1, the body was uniquely styled to reflect his own personal style and panache.

The Walmsley SS was cutting edge in many ways for 1934 - it came from the factory with chrome wire wheels, a very upmarket Ekco CR75 car radio and Andre Hartford adjustable shock absorber system; all very rare options to be found on any car of this period.

The significance of the Walmsley Roadster is not to be underestimated; it was the first sports car built by the company and its style set the standard for gracefully powerful sports cars for years to come. Further, the Walmsley Roadster ushered in the beginning of aluminum sports car production for SS Cars Ltd - later renamed Jaguar Cars - and helped establish the company as an industry leader in the use of the material.

The aluminum bodied Walmsley Roadster established a set of design queues that would be incorporated into future SS and Jaguar sports cars, including the SS90, SS1 Drop Head Coupe, SS100 and the post-war Jaguar XK120.

This car was likely among Walmsley's last designs under the SS roof. In 1935 Walmsley retired as Chairman and Managing Director leaving William Lyons, who later founded Jaguar Cars from SS, in charge.

The Walmsley SS1 Roadster essentially vanished from the known world until much later. Walmsley sold it to a US Army officer who brought it to America, in spring of 1956 when his tour of duty was up. In 1959, he sold it to a fellow officer. Both admired the car for what it was and both had dreams of restoring it to its former glory but it was not to be, at least not under their ownership.

40 years later, this unique, one-of-a-kind sports car was acquired and lovingly restored by the Beni Family of Westchester County, New York. Since most of those intervening years saw the car in storage in various stages of (dis) assembly, it was still complete down to its original engine, ash frame, alloy body and English registration plate KV 8011.

The 1934 SS1 Walmsley Roadster made its first and only public appearance at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours. After Amelia, the Walmsley Roadster returned to the most comprehensive private collection of pre-war SS Jaguars in the world.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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2009 1
2006 1
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2002 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2015$120,849$120,8491
2013$99,837$99,8371
2009$78,039$78,0391
2006$101,094$101,0941
2005$86,592$86,5921
2002$88,000$88,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 SS1 2½-LITRE SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: 248788
Sold for $120,849
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1934 SS1 JAGUAR 20HP TOURER Coachwork by SS Cars Ltd
Chassis#: 248110
Sold for $99,837
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1934 SS1 2,143cc Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 248082
Sold for $78,039
  2009 Bonhams - RAF Museum
 
1934 Jaguar SS1 Saloon
Chassis#: 248082
Sold for $101,094
  2006 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars & The Jaguar Legend
 
1934 Jaguar SS1 Coupe
Chassis#: 248082
Sold for $86,592
  2005 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1934 Jaguar SS1 4-Light Saloon
Sold for $88,000
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1934 SS Cars SS1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Jaguar SS1 Tourer2479912011 Shannons Auctions Australian International Motor Show Auction $120,000$150,000
1934 Jaguar SS1 Tourer2479892009 Bonham Les Grandes Marques à Monaco $80,000$100,000
1934 Jaguar SS1 Tourer2479892004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$65,000$85,000$100,000

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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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