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Lot 623: Jaguar 1-1/2-Litre Drophead Coupe

Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (1 December 2008)

Introduced alongside the six-cylinder 2�-Litre model in 1936, the SS Jaguar 1�-Litre was powered by the same 1,608cc, four-cylinder sidevalve engine as fitted to the Standard Twelve. Both models' flowing lines improved greatly on the preceding SSII's more-angular coachwork, but in the case of the smaller car the new pressed-steel body and massively built chassis was more than the 50bhp Standard engine could handle. This shortcoming was addressed in 1938 with the launch of a revised version featuring an overhead-valve engine of 1,775cc, the latter's extra 20bhp providing a welcome boost to performance. Other improvements included a lengthened wheelbase, revised springing and Girling mechanical brakes. After WWII the model gained Jaguar badging and a hypoid-bevel back axle, and continued to sell well to those who sought Jaguar looks and luxury without the expense associated with the larger models. This SS Jaguar 1�-Litre has the factory's own three-position drophead coup� coachwork and is believed to be one of only ten of its type surviving worldwide. In the preceding owner's possession since 1958, the car was re-sprayed immediately prior to its acquisition by the vendor in 1985, having been off the road for the previous 18 years. 'DWT 204' has been resident in the South Devon area at least since the accompanying old-style logbook was issued in 1955 and has been kept garaged since it was last used on the road in 2000. Although presented in running condition, the car would nevertheless benefit from cosmetic improvement and thus is sold strictly as viewed. An electric fuel pump, flashing indicators (semaphores still present), larger headlamps and a pair of spotlights are the only notified deviations from factory specification. The car is offered with sundry invoices, an instruction manual, Swansea V5 document and the aforementioned old-style logbook. (It should be noted that the later records show a change of engine from 'KA2843E' in 1967, the original engine is offered with the car and can be collected by prior appointment from the vendor).

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeCar
Lot Number623
Estimate£12000-£16000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21850
Year1939
Condition rating0
Registration numberDWT 204
Mileage-
Chassis number56591
Engine numberKB1153E
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2