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Jaguar SS 2 Litre Drophead Coupe '38


Reference CH6179(2)
Make Jaguar
Model SS 2 Litre Drophead Coupe '38
Type cabrio
Construction year 1938
KM 04161 miles
Cilinder displacement 2664
Gears manual
Steering right hand drive
  • Impressive Jaguar SS in perfect condition!
  • Right-hand drive.
  • Belgian papers.
  • Very extensive historical file.
  • Restoration photos.
  • Buff log book and manual.

The SS Jaguar 100 is a British 2-seat sports car built between 1936 and 1941 by SS Cars Ltd in Coventry.

The manufacturer's name 'SS Cars' used from 1934 maintained a link to the previous owner, Swallow Sidecar,  founded in 1922 by Walmsley and Lyons to build motorcycle sidecars. In March 1945 the S. S. Cars shareholders agreed to change the name to Jaguar Cars Ltd.

In common with many products of the thirties the adoption of an animal name was deemed appropriate and the model name "Jaguar" was given to a new SS saloon car in 1935, and then to all new SS models.

The '100' was for the theoretical 100 mph maximum speed of the vehicle. See the XK 120 (120 mphj), XK 140 (140 mph) and XK 150 (150 mph).    In mid 1936 the first version of the Jaguar mascot was reputedly described by Sir William Lyons, founder of the company, as "looking like a cat shot off a fence". A later publicity photograph of the new Model 100 "Jaguar" (registration mark CKV 250) parked outside the offices of SS Cars Ltd in early 1937 shows a revised Jaguar 'leaper' mounted on the radiator cap. It is this more stylised 'leaper' that became the trade mark for Jaguar Cars, Ltd., remaining in use to this day.


  • Bodywork
  • Length : cm (in): 452 (178)
  • Width : cm (in): 170 (67)
  • Height : cm (in):
  • Wheelbase : cm (in) : 305 (120)
  • Weight: kg (lb) : 1524 (3360)
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement : straight-six 2664 cc (162 cu in), front-mounted
  • Valve gear : 12
  • Fuel system : 2 SU carburetors
  • Gearbox : 4-speed manual
  • Drive wheels : rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power : 103 bhp at 4500 rpm
  • Maximum torque :
  • Maximum speed : 145 km/h (90 mph) 
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