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1937 SS Jaguar 100 2.5 litre restoration for sale For Sale
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|Make and model: SS Jaguar 100 2 1/2 Litre|
Body style: Open two-seater, right hand drive
Date of manufacture: 1st May 1937
Chassis Number: 18093
Exterior paint colour: Black
Interior trim colour: Red
Original registration: FMT 984
Original distributor: Henly’s of London, Ltd. 91, Great Portland Street.
Original dealer: Halls Car Sales
Date of dispatch: 8th May 1937
The first owner of the car was recorded as the first owner by Jaguar on their ledgers, so the name is not yet known, but this is being researched.
In August 1939 a Robert Fellowes’ photo of FMT 984 was taken at a petrol station on the road to Salzburg after leaving the Swiss Grand Prix race.
We have been told the owner/driver was a Cambridge student named ‘Monday' but this has not been verified, so it is not yet clear whose car it was.
It had “Little Audrey” painted on the bonnet, as well as many club badges on the front. A crest can be seen on the blazer pocket of the man believed to be the owner, whom we are still on the trail of...
This photo is on the last page of the Chris Nixon book “Robert Fellowes Collection” (published by Transport Bookman Publications, Ltd., April 2001; ISBN 0851840663).
Note: The Swiss Grand Prix was held at Bremgarten, Bern, Switzerland on August 20, 1939.
The car disappears during the war, although Robert Fellowes and his chum obviously managed to escape Europe before the clutches of the Third Reich took hold, and presumably the still quite new and immensly desirable SS100 was hidden away from prying metal collectors who, had it not been kept safe, could have turned this fantastic machine into a Supermarine or a bomb...
We pick the car up again in 1955, when Brian Baker purchased car from used car dealer in Richmond (south of London) in 1951, which we have a photo of with Brian choosing between the SS100 and a Jowett. Fortunately he didn't choose the Jowett, and he owned it and drove it daily through 1955. It was sold because he needed a larger vehicle for his family. We know this because Brian sent a letter to Allan Crouch of the SS Register, who forwarded it on to the Classic Jaguar Association in ameica, and then to Mr. Simon (the owner of the 100 at the time). In the letter was a picture of the car at the time of purchase and the aforementioned information.
We can learn from the history file that at one time the car was owned by (1960) restorer/dealer
B.E. (Brian) Rutland, 105, The Grove, Isleworth, Middlesex
In September 4, 1960, FMT 984 entered by Rutland in sprint & hill climb meet at North Weald, presumably by Rutland again.
It was then exported to the USA. It was owned by someone in Illinois.
In September 1965 Richard K. (Rick) Carrol, of Jensen Beach, Florida bought the car. (Carrol worked at Auto-Owners Insurance Company (home office in Lansing, Michigan) in February 1966.
In February 1966, William (Bill) H. Brown, Jr. purchased the car. He lived at 101 Ormwood Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32074.
Mr. Brown rebuilt the engine and put in a new wiring harness among other things. There are stacks of correspondence with Jaguar cars, Lucas, and the history reads like a who's who of names for the parts suppliers of these cars in the 1960s, with Brown's notes and handmade drawings on restoration plans for the car surely a useful resource even after 50 years!
•November 7, 1968, Brown moved to 5191 W. Rowland Avenue, Littleton, Colorado 80123. (303/794-1780). The car carried Colorado license plate
PP-444; it had that plate dated 1974 on it when purchased by Alan Simon. July 1974, car purchased by Alan Simon of California. He obviously knew what a great vehicle it was, as he paid a cool $9500 for the car, and half of this money was on a loan!
The 100 is then registered in California as a Non-Operated Vehicle, which means that a declaration was filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles that the car is not driven. As a result, there is no annual California registration fee. The California license plate is HV 1023 (The HV stands for California Historic Vehicle).
The vehicle fell out of commission in this time but charmingly the paperwork was kept meticulously, and slowly parts were stockpiled to begin the restoration.
There is even a 20+ year long flush of CA registration stickers from the 70s through the 90s, each still stapled to their original registration cars and in the envelope they were sent in 40 years ago.
There are photos of the car shortly after it was purchased by Alan Simon in 1974. FMT 984 still had Colorado license plates. His 2 sons, Ken and Greg Simon, can be seen sitting inside the inside car.
In these pictures there is damage to the bottom left of petrol tank. The tank was later removed and repaired. The process involved stripping off the red paint. It remained off the car until purchased by Suffolk Sportscars Ltd. The vehicle now presents much the same, having been largely untouched since it's purchase in 1974.
In the history file, there is a walk around oral recording made by Bill Brown just before he shipped to car to Mr. Simon, telling about what he did to the car while he owned it, spare parts included, and things to do to maintain the car and operate it. Rather a charming piece to be passed from one owner to the next. The original casette was lost which it was recorded on, but we have a digital copy.
Suffolk Sportscars Ltd. have catalogued all parts, refitted the correct parts where other items had been fitted in their place, and generally made the vehicle presentable for sale.
We are in the process of organizing the extensive history, which goes back comprehensively to around 1965, with small pieces of history before, and hopefully more to be uncovered soon.
The history files and vehicle will be available for inspection and discussions at Suffolk Sportscars Ltd. by prior appointment only. THe car was unveiled at the Goodwood Revival, where the car was seen by the public for the first time since 1974 when last sold.
The vehicle is now ready to be restored by Suffolk Sportscars Ltd. to it's original specification and concours condition, in it's colour scheme of black with red interior, as evidenced by the heritage certificate, or to a colour of the owner's choosing.
We think it best to restore to 1939 "Swiss Gran Prix" specification, adorned with badges, spotlamp and 'Little Audrey' painted on the bonnet. Surely an unmissable opportunity to restore what must be one of the last complete and verifiable unrestored SS100s left on this earth!
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