Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)

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1948/1980s Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica
Registration no. JYP 891 Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 64,845) inc. premium
Offered from a deceased's estate
1948/1980s Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica
Registration no. JYP 891
Chassis no. 414778
Engine no. Z15555(see below)

Footnotes

  • SS factory publicity described the sensational new SS100 as 'primarily intended for competition work' and 'sufficiently tractable to use as a fast tourer without modification'. The Heynes-designed overhead valve engine was capable of giving the car a genuine 100mph performance and the styling of the new sports two-seater reflected William Lyons' influence at its very best. William Heynes's appointment as Chief Engineer at Coventry was a masterstroke and Lyons went on to recruit gas-flow consultant Harry Weslake to further develop the sporting engines fitted to the SS range. The SS100 was launched to much acclaim in 1936 and marked the company's first use of the 'Jaguar' name. The SS100 was shorter than its SS90 predecessor, employing a 102inch wheelbase chassis, and early models were equipped with the six-cylinder, 2,663cc Standard engine. Weslake's technical genius enabled this unit to develop 104bhp, breathing through twin SU carburettors. For the 1938 season the 3,486cc engine was offered as an option for a further £50 – excellent value for the extra grunt offered by this powerful unit.

    The SS100 quickly made its mark in competition, Tommy Wisdom, crewed by his wife, taking the victor's laurels in the International Alpine Trial in 1936, bringing the fledgling SS marque to the attention of the continental public. This was just the start of an illustrious competition career for the SS100, the likes of Jaguar dealers Sammy Newsome and Ian Appleyard continuing its competition successes. SS100s achieved class wins in the testing RAC Rallies in 1937 and 1938 and won the Alpine again outright in 1948. Production was curtailed in 1939 upon the outbreak of war, by which time 190 or so of the 2 ½ litre cars had been manufactured and 118 of the later more powerful 3 ½ litre cars had left the production line.

    With such low production numbers original cars are highly prized and inevitably, with demand exceeding supply, a number of specialists have over the years constructed convincing replicas of the stylish SS100. JYP 891 is such a car although sadly records do not indicate precisely when this car was constructed or the name of the constructor. It is known that it was in much its present form in 1988 although subsequent enhancements to its specification have taken place. It appears that the donor vehicle was a 1948 Jaguar 1½ litre. Roger Vincent of Taunton acquired the car in 1988 and it is thought that during his ownership the present post-war 3½ litre Jaguar engine was fitted (the V5C document records engine number Z15555 but this may well be 715555). The sporting coachwork has been constructed using traditional coachbuilding methods and is presented in dark green livery with green leather upholstery and green leather-bound carpets. Driving equipment includes Lucas headlamps, an 'owl-eye' rear lamp cluster, twin Lucas New Alto horns, Raydyot rear view mirror, quick release petrol filler cap and twin aero screens. Build quality is generally to a good standard including such detail as armoured cable wiring, stainless steel exhaust and correctly engraved SS knock on wheel spinners. In 2010 SS specialist Dave Davenport fitted the recognised and widely used conversion of a Type 9 Ford gearbox, thus enhancing the driving experience. The late owner, an engineer, maintained detailed records of all work carried out during his ownership, including major engine work completed in the 1990s and again in 2011/12 and repair work following a minor accident in 2009. We recommend inspection of these logs. Owing to the late owner's illness the car has not been run for some time and the usual checks and servicing are recommended before use. The car is offered with many invoices for work completed together with the late owner's technical drawings and notes. It comes with a copy of the Jaguar 1946-1948 Service Manual, old MOT certificates, expired tax discs, old style V5 and current V5C document.
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Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
Offered from a deceased's estate,1948/1980s  Jaguar 3½ Litre Replica  Chassis no. 414778 Engine no. Z15555(see below)
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