Taking place from 9 to 11 July, the 17th British Classic Car Meeting in St. Moritz is looking forward to welcoming more cars than ever before, with a line-up of over 200 rare classics, such as this very beautiful 1937 Jaguar SS100, chassis number 18102, built at the SS works in Foleshill, Coventry.
This SS100 has enjoyed a particularly colourful life, with a succession of equally colourful owners. The first owner acquired it from Henlys, the appointed dealer, transported it to Canton Zurich and registered it for the road in 1938 – but after the War, the car came into the possession of well-known architect Daniel Reist, from Muri near Bern. Remarkably, it served Reist as his company car for 26 years, reliably transporting him from building site to building site.
In 1982, our Jaguar returned to England, from there to travel to the USA in 1993. Here it was bought by ‘adventurer’ Bernie Keiser, who had it totally restored by well-known Jaguar expert, Terry Larson from Arizona.
Back then, the intrepid Keiser was hunting for a trove of buried treasure on an island off Peru, as one does. While he didn’t find the hidden silver, he did find a young Peruvian girl, who became his new love. Hence Terry Larson received the assignment from Keiser’s now ex-wife to sell the ‘100’ – and Dr. Christian J. Jenny became the proud new owner.
After Jenny and his Jaguar won second prize in the European pre-War sports car category at the 2004 Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, he brought the car back to Switzerland at the beginning of 2005… and hence it will be driven at the 2010 St. Moritz British Classic Car Meeting (BCCM).
Other classics to grace the BCCM will include a rare 1930 Blower Bentley and no fewer than five 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Sebrings, a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Speedster, a 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Saloon, a 1935 Riley Racing Six Special, a 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide, a 1947 Alvis TA 14 ‘Woody’ shooting brake and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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