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SS and Jaguar Cars

'34 SS One Custom Car Page

SS1 Alpine Sports Tourer
WS 5777 had just come available in England
  (as of 11 Jan 2004) and sold instantly!

SS1 Alpine WS 5777
(cropped from Jan 04 photo by owner's agent - all right reserved)
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(Click HERE for more information)

SS and JAGUAR - Continued

The first page was originally "jaguar.html".

1933 SS1 Coupé Hood Ornament
(photo from Switzerland by permission - all rights reserved to source)

1935 SS1 CMA 490 badge
(cropped from 1935 SS1 CMA 490 photo from Japan by permission - all rights reserved to source)

SS100 F. H. Coupé Badge
(photo by and © 1961 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Jag Mk IV DHC Gilmore
(cropped and silhouetted from Aug 2004 photo by K. Parker - all rights reserved)

JagCat1Mascot JagCat2Badge
(18 Feb 2004 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all right reserved)

NOTE:  Page size was limited by HTML to some 30kB; thus, I was forced to add this Continuation Page.
You may also wish to visit the main SS and Jaguar Cars page, Continuation Page 1, and Continuation Page 2 pages, etc, as well.


Main SS and Jaguar Cars Page:
  Nomenclature - S.S. vs. SS, Mark IV, etc.
  SS and Jaguar Miscellany.

SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 0:
  SS and Jaguar Miscellany - continued (partially moved here from the main SS and Jaguar Cars page
  & nbsp; and continuation page 1 on 06 and 20 Feb 04).

SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 1:
  SS and Jaguar Museums (moved here 29 Apr 02).
  Jaguar Cars, Limited - the Company (moved here 29 Apr 02).
  Brief History of the SS1 (moved here 29 Apr 02).
  SS and Jaguar Miscellany - continued.
  Old Photos. SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 2:
  More SS and Jaguar Apocrypha.
  SS and Jaguar Bibliography.

SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 3:
  [Original SS Alpine Tourer moved to page 5 on 06 Feb 04.]
  More SS and Jaguar Material.
  Dick Strever's SS and Jaguar Cars.
  HELP! - please see requests (and offers) which I, at my sole discretion,
    may choose to append at the bottom of this page. SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 4:
  1936 SS One DHC DPA 342

SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 5:
  Original SS Alpine Tourer (moved from page 3 on 06 Feb 04).
  The SS One "Alpine" Controversy.

SS and Jaguar Cars Continuation Page 6:
  SS One Alpine Tourer AYY 987.
  The SS Magazine - Vol. 1 No. 1.
  1934 Alpine Rallye Plaque.

Jaguar Page:
  XK-120 and Mk. VII and later Jaguar (not SS) cars.

Original SS One Tourer

All material moved to SS Jaguar page 5 and combined with The SS One "Alpine" Controversy on 06 Feb 2004.

A wild '34 SS One Custom Classic Cat (below) was available:

(photo courtesy of present owner - all rights reserved)

SS and JAGUAR - Continued

The first page was originally "jaguar.html".

NOTE:  This page is concerned only with one special car and is NOT part of the regular succession of SS and Jaguar pages.  You may also wish to visit the main SS and Jaguar Cars page, and the continuation pages indexed thereon, as well.

Custom Classic Cat!

[Continued from, and expanded on, coverage of this unique vehicle on SS and JAGUAR Cars Continuation Page 4]

Now, here's a car to delight any classic sports car lover and an opportunity to have a lot of fun without investing in a museum car.  First, though, let me be perfectly clear - this is NOT an original SS One car, but neither is it a replicar; it is a customized synthesis of appropriate SS and Standard parts.  As I understand it, a 1934 SS One Airline Saloon, chassis number 248943, was severely damaged during World War II and was used as the basis for an "SS 90" (NOT SS 100) type of sports car.  Inasmuch as the work was done in 1969 or 1979, it is over 25 years old and so can be considered a "classic car", if a "one-off", in its own right.  The chassis was cut and spliced, a door-less roadster body fabricated, and everything assembled meticulously with lots of TLC; the resultant car speaks for itself:

34SSOnex3 34SSOnex2 34SSOne1
(all photos courtesy of present owner - all rights reserved.)
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{I assume that this car, with a 20HP engine, will turn out to be an SS One;
it is NOT a Jaguar, which name only was adopted in 1935.}

Here are representative shots of the engine compartment, with the whole engine, the side of the block with "STANDARD 20 A" cast on, and the near/driver's/right side of the cast alumin(i)um valve head (remember, this is an SOHV Standard 20HP in-line 6):

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Note the high mounting of the distributor, necessitating the upper bulge in the bonnet; until I determine the engine serial number, we won't know if the engine belongs to the chassis or not.

Next, a closer view of the cast on numbers on the head, the forward end of the cowl/rear end of the engine, and the front end of the engine/water pump:

34SSOne28 34SSOne29 34SSOne30

Finally, for the nonce, a longitudinal view looking aft along the off/passenger's/left side of the engine compartment:

(all photos courtesy of present owner - all rights reserved.)
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You can now see why the shoehorning required bulges on the bonnet side.

I had not yet seen this car or its extensive documentation; I had hoped to do so shortly after posting the above but only got up there on 18 Jul 2006 to take more pictures, including underneath (the splicing).  Purists may take offense, but this is one fabulous car, neither a restoration nor a recreation, since there never was any such car to begin with; perhaps it is on a par with Sir William Lyons's "Baby Jag", a car assembled to suit, with appropriate parts.  The work was done in England and the car has more recently been "restored" to its as-modified 1979 reappearance.

Well, to begin with, the car is not just "WILD", it is "SEXY" and it is very definitely a "FUN" car!  The bonnet badge reads "SS ONE":

(all subsequent photos 18 Jul 06 by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)
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{Some of the photos have been cropped and/or artificailly lightened}



and the grill shell is from a second-generation SS (narrow and with a round radiator cap), as can be seen on these datail shots of the horn/hooter mounting:

34SS1-24 34SS1-25

Note that the above two details show the crank hole hanging out in the middle of nowhere; there is no crank dog behind it (nor any crank guide under the bumper) and therein lies a tale.

The car was represented as an SS 90 when it was sold to the present owner; one doesn't have to be the most expert of SS afficionadoes to see that that is simply not so.  The grill shell of the SS 90 was the first (as I recall) of the later SS Jaguar line, wider than that on the SS, and this car has neither the SS 90 nor SS 100 cross-bracing for the head-lamp tie bar.  As originally "restored" to its as-modified condition, as imported from England to Florida ca. 1969, the car came with this "provenance":


The info. re SS 90 may be taken with a grain of salt; the Bassetts "restoration" of 1988-1991 was painstakingly done and photos of the work clearly show a steel or alumin(i)um body and fenders/wings.

Those Lucas headlamps measure 12" across; P-100?  The SS 90 had the smaller Lucas QK596, the only correct lamp for the SS90/100.   rev (19 Aug 2013).

The body plate is from a later SS Jaguar car and is not an original for any car as it has no stamping at all in the "ENGINE NO." box (data updated per verbal info. 08 Aug 2006):




BORE & STROKE 73 x 106 mm
 CUBIC CAPACITY 2663.7 c.c.
R.A.C. RATING 19.84 HP
 WHEELBASE 8.8 (i.e.: 104"}
TRACK 4.8 (i.e.: 56"}
FIRING ORDER 1 5 3 6 2 4
      VALVE CLEARANCE   IN. .062    
          ENGINE WARM   EX. .012

  CHASSIS NO. [ 248943  ]
ENGINE NO. [ {blank} ]
    BODY    NO. [  4337   ]

{My photo was not sharp enough to read the details;
the missing information was to have been available momentarily.}

The engine number, H112E, appears on the Standard 20 block boss at the right rear, just under the head:



The chassis splicing, which appears so clearly to the naked eye, does not show at all well in these pictures, although the heavy splice plates do:

34SS1-05 34SS1-06 34SS1-07

The resultant wheelbase is 120"; the regular long w/b, as on the tourers and Airline saloon, was 9' 11" (119") - huh?  That on the SS 100 was 8' 8" (104").  The t(i)(y)res mounted are 5.25/5.50-18; the rims were made for 5½".

Some views of the engine compartment show how the Standard 20 sits up about some 6" high, necessitating the bulged bonnet to clear the distributor cap and high-tension leads (the leads come out upwards, whereas they came out horizontally on the SS One and Two saloons and tourers):

34SS1-11 34SS1-20

On the latter, I have added a blue arrow to indicate the four-bolt cam-shaft fan adaptor, sitting high above the ingenious shelf added, with two pillow block bearings to accomodate the lowered fan placement.  This arrangement can be more clearly seen in these detail photos, again with blue arrows added:

34SS1-23 34SS1-26

Whil(e)(st) we are in the engine compartment, here are the twin Solex side-dra(f)(au)t carburet(t)ors, with their air filters necessitating the scooped bulges in the left side panel, front and rear (with the twin SU fuel pumps):

34SS1-19 34SS1-18

Next, some general views of the cabin and most-unique foot cutouts:

34SS1-13 34SS1-14 34SS1-15

I forgot to photograph the details of the rear fenders/wings; they were widened about 4" at their inner sides but retain the crease of other SS cars, NOT the Airline saloons, although flat topped.  Similarly, the front fenders/wings are creased and have free-standing bullet side-light housings, not the faired flat ones of the Airline:

34SS1-16 34SS1-17

Lastly, let's take a look at the windscreen mounting, with it's distinctive SS handwheels:


You can see that odd one-piece hood/bonnet (no central hinge or latches) leaning up against the wall in the above photo.  Here's a close-up of the SS handwheel:

(all preceding 18 Jul 06 photos by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)
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{Some of the photos have been cropped and/or artificailly lightened}

Afterthoughts - look at the windscreen, with its curved bottom and rounded lower corners and mounting brackets giving away it's tourer heritage; the SS 90 and SS 100 windscreens had straight bottoms above a chromed housing adapting the flat bottom to the heavily-convex curve of the cowl, with a hinge between the housing and the screen.  Also, the black-faced tachometer is far smaller than the speedometer - they matched on the SS 90/100 and were white-faced, as well as having far more company on the fascia (more gadgets).  In addition, SS bumpers were mounted on spring irons, front and rear, not directly to the ends of the frame rails; odd.  Further, the Airline saloon wasn't introduced until 1935.  Hmm.

Someone went to a lot of trouble to cobber up all those bits and pieces that went into this car; if anyone has photos of the Airline before it got converted, of the original conversion, or of the car as imported to the States, or more information about the car, especially why anyone went to all that trouble and expense, please let us know.

Original or not, how could anyone resist this car?  It is a delightful fancy, fun to see and fun to drive!

[More to follow - stay tuned!]

Nick Johannesen's Jag-lovers site.

This Jag ya just gotta see!  Shades of the catamount I saw in upstate New York
(see my Adirondack page).

Obligatory courtesy link to the
Classic Jaguar Association

Stay tuned!

NOTE:  This page is concerned only with one special car and is NOT part of the regular succession of SS and Jaguar pages.  You may also wish to visit the main SS and Jaguar Cars page, and the continuation pages indexed thereon, as well.

Obligatory courtesy link to the
Classic Jaguar Association
(22 Nov 01 - sorry I'd omitted this).

Stay tuned!

You may also wish to visit the main SS and Jaguar Cars page, the preceding Continuation Page , and succeeding Continuation Page , etc., as well.

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