1937 – SS Jaguar 1,5 Litre berline

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1937 – SS Jaguar 1,5 Litre berline
Monegasque circulation permit Chassis n°89047 Engine n°KB5321E Bodywork n°B9047 - Jaguar's first car, a true piece of automotive history - Early production example in beautiful configuration - Vehicle of English origin, already restored in the past - Turnaround with restart required Location: Nice region The SS Jaguar 1.5 Litre for sale is a right-hand drive saloon, launched in 1937. Restored in the past, it now sports a two-tone configuration, silver-gray and black with black spoked wheels, for a presentation that is both classic and at the same time quite modern. The upholstery is beige with blue piping, and the carpets are gray to match the bodywork. In addition to the already comprehensive equipment for its time on this classy sedan, which can be opened up thanks to its large panoramic sunroof and tilting windshield, this model features long-range headlamps which, combined with its configuration, enhance its racy allure. Without being perfect, this SS sedan with 80708 miles on the clock is in satisfactory condition, although turning but not rolling. The bodywork is generally well presented. Component flatness, alignment and fit are generally good, chromes are shiny and barely pitted, while joints are a little cracked and glazing well preserved. The paintwork was redone some time ago and has a few chips in places. There are a few blisters at the bottom of the doors and fenders, but the car is generally sound, even if traces of repair work are visible on the underside. Work such as underbody treatment was carried out in 2021. Inside, the upholstery, trimmings and carpets are in very good condition. The woodwork is also quite attractive, and the instrumentation appears to be functional. The large toolbox in the rear trunk, characteristic of the SS, is present and partially complete. Mechanically, this SS needs some work to be able to run smoothly, particularly on the electrics and brakes. The engine, which was overhauled in 2021, appears to be running normally, albeit with a leak. The radiator was also rebuilt in 2021. The 4-speed manual gearbox is apparently in good condition, despite some oil seepage and a slightly long clutch throw. This rare SS Jaguar 1.5 Litre saloon has an overall homogeneous patina, which will appeal to discerning enthusiasts who appreciate the model's historical interest, its rarity, its "discoverable" and accessible driving experience for a beautiful pre-war car, as well as the quality of this old-fashioned restoration. A detailed appraisal report from 2022 is available on request, which we advise interested parties to consult. The vehicle is sold as is, without a technical inspection, and must undergo a complete overhaul before it can be driven again. It was in 1931, after various experiments, that the "SS" brand, which stood for "Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilding Company", until then a manufacturer of sidecars and a coachbuilder, became a genuine car manufacturer, creating its own type of car: the SS1. The chassis was built by Standard to SS specifications. The various SS1 bodies are both sporty and elegant, and the cars are sold at competitive prices. Success was great, and William Lyons decided to set up a new company dedicated to car building: SS Cars Limited. He also decided to develop a range of cars, some of them sports cars, others sedans and convertibles with sporting pretensions, from 1.5 to 3.5 liters, whose quality, price and prestige quickly brought the young brand fame and recognition. The Jaguar name was first used as a model name in September 1935, to designate the SS Jaguar 1 ½ Litre. Available both as a 4-door saloon and a 2-door cabriolet (Drop Head coupé), this was a refined car with top-of-the-range features and significant performance for an attractive price. Its production evolved rapidly from 1937 onwards, abandoning wood in favor of all-steel construction, but the body would always be mounted on a separate chassis. The displacement of the small 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine was increased from 1608 cm3 to 1776 cm3, and side valves were replaced by overhead valves.
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