<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None

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Lot 294¤
From the Estate of Geoffrey Howard
c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard

Sold for US$ 18,700 inc. premium
From the Estate of Geoffrey Howard
c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard
Chassis no. None
1,993cc, Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front, Independent by Coil Spring; Rear by Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring
Front Disc Brakes, Rear Drum Brakes

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Early on in Geoffrey Howard's love affair with the SS and Jaguar marque, he made a conscious decision to create what has always been the ultimate form of flattery - a copy, or 'tribute' car. At the outset of the project, he hoped that he might complete one of these cars. Then, as a second stage, he wanted to offer the possibility of it being duplicated in kit form and properly marketed to enthusiasts such as himself.

In keeping with his general ethos, these were to be extremely accurate to the original, only using modern materials and running gear. Using his own extensive skills in draft work, he penned a box section chassis which was designed specifically with a mind to using a mechanical basis of the then current Ford Pinto. His choice was made because he felt the suspension set up could be worked into the SS100 lines without compromise to its flowing fenders and elegance.

Unlike so many procurers of such tributes, Mr. Howard had the real thing in his garage and was able to carefully create molds from the original fenders and body tub that he could then manufacture in fiberglass. On file are extensive drawings and notes as he thoroughly detailed suitable parts that might be closest to the original, while more visual and important aspects such as the top bows, radiator grille and seats were carefully copied professionally from the originals.

If this was to be a truly commercial venture, it could be argued that his timing was extremely unfortunate, in that almost at the same time on the other side of the Atlantic Robert Jankel and his Panther Westwinds company began production of their J72. Whether this dampened his spirits or just simply the complex nature of building such a car overwhelmed him is not certain.

Despite the growing number of options in the market for buyers of a replica SS100, Mr. Howard plowed on with his own version. Ultimately, completing the project would become his 'raison d'être'. As evidenced from this, the first and only of his production SS100 replicas, as he turned to an Octogenarian he was well on the way to completing it, but sadly seeing the final article eluded him.

Loosely re-assembled and accompanied by numerous evident parts that were evidently due to be fitted to it, here is a 'one of one' faithful SS100 replica from the hands of this passionate enthusiast.

Footnotes

  • Please note as an uncompleted project and never having been road registered, this is sold strictly as viewed and on a 'Bill of Sale' only.
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<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
<b>c.1975 SS100 Tribute by Geoffrey Howard  </b><br />Chassis no. None
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