"The SS100 was built between 1936 and 1940 by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. The nomenclature was to reflect the theoretical 100mph maximum speed and once approved by Sir William Lyons, the name 'Jaguar' was given to a new saloon version in 1936. Widely considered to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing Jaguar cars ever built, it is also one of the rarest with only 198 of the 2.5 litre and 116 of the 3.5 litre models being manufactured. Most stayed on the home market but 49 were exported. Cars in good condition will now regularly fetch in excess of £300,000. It is of little surprise, rather like its later stable mates, the C and D-Type, that those of us of a more impecunious persuasion looked for an alternative and a number of boutique car manufacturers then set about to feed this demand, supplying good quality recreations at a fraction of the cost of a real one.
Built in 2006, this totally accurate recreation of the 1938 Jaguar SS100 is finished in Old English White with Connolly leather in Claret Dark Red with dark red Wilton carpets and sitting on 72 spoke stove, enamelled in Rosso Alfa Red, wheels fitted with Blockley high performance tyres. The engine is a Jaguar XK 3.8 litre engine fully remanufactured by VSE with a manual four speed with overdrive gearbox. Boasting balanced internals and fitted with lightened flywheel, twin 1 7/8-inch SU HIF carburettors, polished E-Type smooth cam covers engine fan and electric fan.
When reimagined by Suffolk Sports Cars the rebuilt engine ancillaries included starter motor, alternator, distributor, water pump and a twin pipe stainless steel exhaust system being fitted. Also fitted were disc brakes, all as new, with adjustable shock absorbers on a six coil-spring suspension system, rack and pinion steering before finishing off with a louvered alloy bonnet.
Offered with the side screens, tonneau cover, hood bag and fitted hood in double duck and with a heater and fan, this car is equally adept in inclement conditions. Supplied with the car is the history file which includes the build sheet and supplying invoice from Suffolk Sports Cars who also serviced the car. Registered as a 1963 Jaguar (Historic Vehicle) this is a superb example in condition tantamount to one having just been finished by Suffolk and with the value of the original cars soaring, great value for money.