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1937 SS Cars 100 SS Roadster / 18075 Vehicle Information

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

1937 SS Cars 100 SS photograph

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The SS100 was introduced in 1936 and it featured a newly developed Weslake overhead-valve engine that displaced 2663cc and created the SS marque their first real high performance machine. In 1943 the SS Company under the direction of William Lyons would change its name to Jaguar, the legendary automaker that has prospered and survived to modern times.

The 'SS' designation stood for the Swallow Sidecar & Coach building Company. It was founded by William Walmsley in Blackpool, England. The company was later relocated to Coventry.

The SS90 first appeared in 1935 and was based on a shortened SS1 chassis. It featured a long bonnet, flowing wings, cut-away doors and a short rear. It promised a top speed of 90mph but its Achilles heal would prove to be the sidevalve engine. The SS100 followed the same basic design as its SS90 sibling but rested on a 102-inch wheelbase and powered by the Standard Six with twin SU carburetors. The engine was capable of producing 104 horsepower.

One of the SS100's earliest successes came at the hands of Tommy Wisdom who won the International Alpine Trial in 1936. What was to follow was a slew of class wins in the RAC events of 1937 and 1938.

In total there were around 190 examples of the 2.5-Liter and 118 of the later 3.5-Liter cars. Production ended at the outbreak of war.

This example carries chassis number 18075 and was sent to its original in 1937 and first registered on March 29th of that year. J.M Charters of the UK was its first owner. The car later made its way to the United States and spent time in an Ohio museum as a static display for over 30 years. In recent years, it was treated to a complete restoration in Great Britain and finished in its original black livery.

The car has its original all-aluminum body, steel fenders, and optional dual spares installed.

In 2007 it was brought to Carmel, California where it was offered for sale at Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia. The lot had an estimated value of $380,000 - $430,000. It failed to find an interested buyer willing to satisfy the vehicles reserve and left the auction unsold.

This was the first of the 49 Jaguar SS100s to be exported to the United States in the 1930s and the second of the 3.5 litre cars to be built. This as also the first car to bear the name Jaguar. Initially the company that William Lyons started in 1922 was called Swallow Sidecars. It because SS Cars when car production began, and in 1935 the cars were named SS Jaguars. The name reversed for all of Lyons cars in 1940, and the 'SS' was dropped after the war for obvious reasons. Jaguar's sporting tradition started with the prewar SS100, which laid the foundation for one of Britain's premier marques. During its lifetime this SS100 Jaguar has had owners in both the United States and in Europe. It now lives not far from its Coventry birthplace.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009



2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $380,000-USD $430,000 
Lot was not sold

1937 SS Cars 100 SS Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 19098
Sold for USD$201,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39011
Sold for USD$277,165
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18114
Sold for USD$242,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 Jaguar SS100 2½-LITER ROADSTER
Chassis#: 18072
Sold for USD$329,500
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1937 Jaguar SS100 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 39007
Sold for USD$823,824
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18116
Sold for USD$294,885
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monaco
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 Jaguar SS Saloon (2½ litre)
Chassis#: 13198
Sold for USD$54,418
  2017 Historics at Brooklands-Motor Museum
 
1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 1/2 Litre
Chassis#: 49026
Sold for USD$561,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 SS Jaguar 2 1/2-Litre OHV Tourer
Chassis#: 19098
Sold for USD$330,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18124
Sold for USD$319,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 ½ litre
Chassis#: 18065
Sold for USD$500,446
  2015 Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot
 
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18107
Sold for USD$429,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
 
1937 Jaguar SS100 Replica Roadster
Sold for USD$3,900
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1937 Jaguar SS100 Replica Roadster
Sold for USD$10,750
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18114
Sold for USD$484,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 JAGUAR 2½-LITRE ROADSTER
Chassis#: 18064
Sold for USD$355,635
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1937 SS100 JAGUAR 2½-LITRE ROADSTER
Chassis#: 18083
Sold for USD$376,857
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1937 SS Jaguar 100 2½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#: 18116
Sold for USD$362,094
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  1937 SS Cars 100 SS image  
1937 Jaguar SS-100 Replica
Sold for USD$6,250
  2012 Leake Auctions - Dallas
 
1937 Jaguar SS100 Roadster Replica
Sold for USD$7,000
  2012 Leake Auctions - Dallas
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 SS Cars 100 SS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster181162018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $400,000$500,000
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster181142017 RM Sothebys : Monterey $400,000$500,000
1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster181232014 RM Auctions Paris$275,000$300,000$360,000
1937 Jaguar SS100 2 ½ Litre180842011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $175,000$220,000
1937 Jaguar SS 100 2½ Litre Roadster181162011 RM Auctions Salon Privé$170,000$200,000$230,000
1937 Jaguar 100 SS 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $380,000$430,000
1937 Jaguar SS 100 Convertible Replica 2002 Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction$15,000  

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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

1937 SS Cars 100 SS

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