1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon
Lot 371
Single family ownership since 1941,1936 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. 11469 Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £34,500 (US$ 56,337) inc. premium

Lot Details
1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon 1936 Jaguar SS 2-Axle Rigid Body Saloon
Single family ownership since 1941
1936 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. RC 4599
Chassis no. 11469
Engine no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • In 1936 the new Weslake-developed overhead-valve 2,663cc power unit appeared in two new models offered by William Lyons' SS Cars Ltd: the 2½-Litre saloon and SS100 sports car. The introduction of the ohv engine was considered to justify the adoption of a new name for the series, Lyons later recalling, 'I immediately pounced on Jaguar as it had an exciting sound to me.' ('Jaguar' would be adopted as the marque name in 1943, 'SS' having by then acquired a somewhat tarnished reputation.) With 104bhp on tap from the twin-carburettor 'six', the newcomers' performance at last matched the style that had already become a company hallmark, and like all Jaguars since, the duo offered better-than-average specification at a bargain price.

    An excellent example of this fabulous pre-war sports saloon, 'RC 4599' was first owned by one Benjamin Kieling and next (from 1941) by Air Commodore Bryan Nicholas, CBE, who had raced and rallied works-supported MGs in the 1930s. The SS was in constant use throughout WW2 when Air Commodore Nicholas was serving with Bomber Command, and in the early 1980s was restored for him by marque specialists Leaping Cats. Following its completion in 1983, the car was driven by Leaping Cats' proprietor, Graig Hinton in that year's 'Great American Race' from California to Indiana but was forced to retire after suffering a coolant leak (magazine article and press release on file). The original engine was replaced after the event.

    Given by Air Commodore Nicholas to his son Rory, a Hong Kong resident, the SS continued to be maintained in the UK by the Nicholas family. Further refurbishment was carried out in 1992/1993 and again in 2004, and the car will have been re-commissioned by time of sale. Apart from some minor imperfections and wear, the body, paintwork and interior are said to be 'very good'. Following Rory Nicholas' death, 'RC 4599' is offered for sale by the family and comes to market for the first time in over 70 years. The accompanying history file contains the aforementioned magazine article and press release, (copy) SS register entry, a quantity of restoration invoices and Swansea V5 registration document.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. John Polson
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 5803
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 5802
Similar Items