1935 Wonderful original car, one family for 50 years! For Sale

Lovely, rare original example
Has remained in same family since 1970
One of the final run of SS1s in production
Chassis no 249467
Engine number 249424
2. 6L 20hp

Forerunner of the marque 'Jaguar' from SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, the SS1 predated yet epitomised the later advertising slogan, 'Grace, Space, Pace.' 'SS' originally stood for the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company, which had been founded in Blackpool, England by William Walmsley in 1922. The company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926, its first major success being an attractive sports saloon on the Austin Seven chassis. The design was the work of Walmsley's business partner, William Lyons.

Marque status arrived in October 1931 with the launch of the SS1, a close-coupled coupé. Based on that of the Standard Ensign 16hp, the SS1's low, under-slung chassis was designed by Lyons and supplied exclusively to Swallow by John Black's Standard Motor Company, which also provided the 2. 1/ 2. 6-litre six-cylinder sidevalve engines and four-speed gearbox. Lyons' design for the body was startling: the SS1's excessively long bonnet, tiny passenger compartment and helmet-type front wings suggesting that it represented the ultimate in high performance. In so doing, the SS1 went some way towards establishing the pattern for future Jaguars, combining sporting good looks with a better-than-average specification and all at a bargain price. Indeed, so successful was Lyons' new venture that production of Swallow-bodied cars ceased altogether in 1933 and SS Cars Limited was formed, initially as a subsidiary of the Swallow sidecar-building business.

The SS1 body style was revised for 1933 and the engines up-rated with alloy cylinder heads and improved manifolding, advances that raised the top speed to 75mph (120km/ h). For 1934 the SS1 gained a new wide-track chassis and slightly enlarged Standard engines of 2, 143cc and 2, 663cc, while the body - now available in four different configurations - underwent yet another restyle. In this, its final form, the SS1 remained in production until 1936, by which time 2, 503 examples of this ultimate version had been made.

This restored example of the concluding SS1 was purchased by the current owners father in 1970, and underwent a full and sympathetic restoration, utilising original parts. The car was repainted in its original Old English White, with black leather interior and contrasting red carpeting. It also benefited from a new hood, carpets, hood bag and side screens. Since then, the SS has been maintained and serviced when required by SS and classic specialists. It has required no major work, while bills on file testify to regular maintenance. Most recently, the carburettors have been serviced and the exhaust manifold gasket refitted. An electric fuel pump has also been fitted (the original manual pump has been kept).

It has been garaged and run only in dry weather, it is an incredibly reliable starter and has been a joy to own, turning heads wherever it goes.

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