1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter

1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter 1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter 1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter
Sport Saloon
Chassis #: 50038
Engine #: K47
Sold for $41,800 at 2007 The Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction.
This 1938 SS Jaguar Sports Saloon with factory coachwork was offered for sale at the 2007 Christie's auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' This vehicle is black with brown leather interior. It is powered by a four-cylinder, over head valve engine that displaces 1776cc's. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes.

William Heynes, chief engineer for William Lyons, was commissioned to create the next generation of SS cars which would make their debut at the 1935 London Motor Show. This meant Heynes had five months to complete the project before the public debut.

By 1938 the SS/Jaguar Company standardized their coachwork to a drophead coupe and saloon configuration, utilizing all-metal bodies. The salon bodies were given an additional five inches which provided more interior room for its occupants. The spare tire moved to the trunk and three engines were offered. The engine sizes included a 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 liter versions.

This example was estimated to fetch between $50,000 - $60,000 at auction. This car has been rebuilt as needed, and not restored. The interior retains much of its original components. Most of the original tools are still in tact. It is believed to have been repainted as some point in history. It was in the Roger Moore film 'The Man Who Wouldn't die'. Bidding failed to meet the reserve and this vehicle was left unsold.

The car was later brought to the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $45,000 - $60,000. There was no reserve on the vehicle, though a high bid of $41,800 was enough to secure new ownership. The lot was sold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter 1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter 1938 SS Cars 1.5-Liter
Sport Saloon
Sir William Lyons introduced the 1936 Jaguar Saloons and asked his guests to estimate the selling price. The average guess was over 600 English pounds. The 1.5 Litre sold new for just under 300 English pounds.

The side-valve 1.5 litre engine was replaced by a 1776 CC OHV engine supplied by Standard Motor Company. 1769 Saloons were produced in 1938, about half being the 1.5 litre and the remainder being the 2.5 and 3.6 six cylinder versions.

In this era, the British taxed cars on standing horsepower. The 1.5 litre was rated at 16 HP., though it would develop 65 HP at 4500 RPM. Top speed was estimated at 75 mph.

The restoration was completed in 1990. The Fulton's acquired 'Peaches,' as they affectionately call her, in February of 2000. The engine was rebuilt in the summer of 2000 and new wheels were installed in 2001.

The cars first show was the Euro Auto Festival in October of 2000. She won Best of Class and a Crowd Pleaser Award. Mike and Diane immediately become hooked on the car show scene and have become avid participants, averaging ten shows a year.

Jaguar Club of North America Concours National 2nd Place, Corporate awards at Euro Auto Festival for 2001 and 2006, and Jaguar Club of North American National Class.

During the 1940's Jaguar produced vehicles known as 'Litre' cars such as the 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 Litre models. They were powered by engines designed by the Standard Motor Company. The 1.5 Litre engine was supplied by Standard but the larger variants were produced by Jagauar.

Production of the 1.5 Litre car lasted from 1935 through 1949. Horsepower varied over the years as did other various specifications. A four-speed manual gearbox sent power from the four-cylinder engine to the rear wheels. Top speed was over 100 km/h and believed to have been around 115 km/h.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006

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