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Le Riche Automobile Restorers (CI) Ltd.

Unit 10, Springside, Rue de la Monnaie, Trinity, Jersey CI


1935 SSII Sports Saloon Part restored & complete. Very rare car. For Sale

£24,950 As stated

Price £24,950As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make SS
  SS2 12 HP FHC
Year 1935
Country United Kingdom
Region Dorset
Status Trade
Ref C809257
A barn / garage find rebuild project for completion, (which we will be happy to carry out on a client's behalf).

Description and History
Manufactured in December 1934, and first registered AUO 596 in early 1935, the first owner was Charles H Montague of Barnstaple, Devon, little is known of the cars early history, although notes in the history file, confirm that it was in dry storage in the 1960’s carrying the early original front number plate. A Jaguar heritage certificate confirms the original information, and that the body number 6659 is correct to the car.

The history notes also confirm that the engine was originally rebuilt in the 1960’s but it has again been subsequently stripped and rebuilt, as has the gearbox and clutch. File of photographs showing the coupe in as found condition, and a more recent set of pictures taken in our store.
1983 Registered to Sandwell Garages West Bromwich
2005 Sold to Bob Oakley
2005 Sold to EW Hillyard
2009 Sold to DW Shotton November 2009
2015 Sold to Le Riche Automobile Restorers May 2015

Condition Report Overall
In part disassembled condition, with all parts to start the restoration process. We will be happy to carry the restoration of this rare coupe on behalf of a new owner, or sell as is for someone else to complete.

Body / Coachwork / Interior
Original and ready for completion of the restoration. At present in BRG with black wings, The Heritage Certificate confirms that the coupe was originally black with a silver grey interior. The headlining is in place requiring final trimming, the original fronts seats are with the car, the rear seats are trimmed in tan leather, although it would be an easy task at this stage to retrim the car in the original colour of the surviving panel and seats.

Engine and Mechanicals
The rolling chassis together with the engine and gearbox, axles, suspension have been restored by a very skilled vintage engineer, and which minor works are needed to complete.
Documents available
History file
Heritage Certificate
Photographic record from 2005 to date
Standard 12 Handbook

Model history
William Lyons, founder of Swallow was not content to merely build bodies on other people's chassis. This constrained his creative desires and equally restricted him to products which were stolid rather than sporting. If Lyons and Walmsley were to throw off these shackles, they needed to create their own chassis to suit their ends. However, the industry was littered with failures and Lyons determined that a cautious approach was necessary. Consequently, he arranged for the Standard Motor Company to build a chassis to Swallow's design but fitted with Standard engines. Meanwhile Lyons, the shrewd publicist, had set the scene. 'WAIT! THE 'SS' IS COMING,' stated an advertisement in July 1931. '2 New Coupes of Surpassing Beauty. SS is the new name of a new car that's going to thrill the hearts of the motoring public and the trade alike. It's something utterly new … different … better!' Thus announced, the SS I and SS II Coupes were duly presented at the 1931 London Motor Show, and sensation they certainly caused. The body was ultra low and the bonnet outrageously long. It had, stated the press, the £1, 000 look, yet was priced at a very modest £310, highlighting Lyons' unique ability to offer remarkable value for money.

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