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The first SS1 was introduced by SS Cars at the London Olympia Motor Show in 1931 as a Close-Coupled Coupe. It was the first car that was completely designed by William Lyons, well before the glory days of Jaguar. After a revised design in 1933, Lyons designed the 1934 model range, including a stylish new saloon. In 1934 the SS1 model lineup grew again with the introduction of the Four Light Saloon built by Lyons' own Swallow Coachwork company. The Saloon was called the 'Four Light' due to its four side windows, and it was much roomier than previous models. Automobile production ceased during World War II, and in 1943 Lyons dropped the 'SS' in company and marque names and formed the Jaguar marque.

The SS1 Airline was only in production for a period of two years, from 1934 to 1936, during which time 624 were built out of the total production run of 4,254 SS1 cars of all types. Like many cars of the period, the Airline followed the fashion of streamlining. Its design has been attributed to William Walmsley, William Lyons' original partner. During its production run, the SS1 underwent considerable development and was available with several different body styles. Swallow Sidecar (SS) founder William Lyons was not particularly happy with the style of the original car, and the 1933 models acquired a new chassis, underslung at the rear, and long flowing wings, and a lower roofline. From 1934 onward the SS1 had a larger engine, and further models were added to the 1935 range, including the Airline coupe. This Airline is one of 601 produced SS Cars of Coventry, England, and one of only twelve survivors. It is believed that this is the only SS1 Airline still with its original body, chassis, engine, and dual RAG carburetors. It is restored in its original silver paint and special light blue leather upholstery.

This 'all silver' Airline Saloon was built to celebrate the 25th Silver Jubilee of King George V of England. This car has been exhaustively researched and restored over a 25-year period to exacting standards. Complete ownership history is documented with matching number chassis, engine and body running on original RAG carburetors with consecutive serial numbers.

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1935 SS Cars SS1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the SS Cars SS1

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 JAGUAR SS1 SPORTS TOURER
Chassis#: 248806
Sold for USD$78,051
  2016 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1935 SS1 Sports Two Seater
Chassis#: 248943
Sold for USD$69,300
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1935 SS ONE TOURER Collection André Lecoq
Sold for USD$246,892
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1935 SS1 Tourer
Chassis#: 248799
Sold for USD$124,342
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1935 SS1 20hp Airline Coupé
Chassis#: 249129
Sold for USD$99,572
  2009 Bonhams - RAF Museum
 
1935 Jaguar SS1 Sports Roadster
Chassis#: M1100E
Sold for USD$215,646
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1935 SWALLOW SS-1 2 DOOR OPEN 4-PLACE TOURER
Sold for USD$66,000
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - PALM BEACH 2005
 
1935 SWALLOW SS-1 2 DOOR OPEN 4-PLACE TOURER
Sold for USD$73,700
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 

SS Cars SS1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 SS Cars SS1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Jaguar SS1 Tourer2487992020 Bonhams : The Autoworld Autumn Sale $90,000$110,000
1935 JAGUAR SS1 SPORTS TOURER2488062016 Coys Spring Classics 2016 $65,000$70,000
1935 SS 1 20hp Sports Tourer2488062013 H & H Rockingham Castle   
1935 SS1 Tourer2487992011 Bonhams The December Sale $100,000$110,000

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