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1938 SS Cars SS 100

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The majority of cars built by the Swallow Sidecar Company in the 1930s were SS saloons but the SS 100 sports cars are better remembered today. The SS 100, which evolved from the SS 90, was introduced in 1936 with a 105 horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, which was replaced in 1938 by a 120 horsepower, 3.5-liter engine. Both engines had a Harry Weslake-designed overhead valve head, giving the SS 100s the extra horsepower that made them so desirable. At the relatively low price of £385, William Lyons ended up building over 300 of them before the war intervened in 1939.

This is one of 118 original 3.5-liter examples. It was bought new by Melville Smith, who kept it in England for 30 years before it was sold and taken to Argentina to be raced by a number of enthusiastic owners in the 1970s and 1980s. It returned to the United Kingdom in 2010 and was recently restored to its original specification.

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1938 SS Cars SS 100 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the SS Cars SS 100

(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
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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 SS Coupe
Chassis#: 30182X
Sold for USD$385,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of 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
 

SS Cars SS 100s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 SS Cars SS 100's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 SS100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster390832022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $400,000$500,000
1938 Jaguar SS100 2½-Litre Roadster490282018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $250,000$300,000
1938 Jaguar SS 100 3 1/2 Litre390672017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ $450,000$525,000
1938 JAGUAR SS100 3½ LITRE ROADSTER390832015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction   
1938 Jaguar SS100 2½ Litre The Kuala Lumpur SS100490342013 Coys Techno Classica $265,000$285,000
1938 Jaguar SS Coupé by Graber301822011 RM Auctions Villa d'Este$210,000$300,000$400,000
1938 Jaguar SS 100390272010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $200,000$250,000
1938 Jaguar 1.5-Liter 2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center $50,000$60,000

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

1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39010
Engine #: M1398E
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Sports Saloon
Chassis #: 50038
Engine #: K47
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39032
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: 46037
Engine #: L509
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39016
Engine #: M529E
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: 30182X
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39048
Engine #: M 549 E
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39039
Engine #: M536E
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Graber
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 49049
Engine #: T 9528
1938 SS Cars SS 100 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 39067