1936 Jaguar SS100 1 Convertible – $349,500.00

1936 Jaguar SS100 1 Convertible

1936 Jaguar SS100 1 Convertible in Red with Black Leather Interior, Beautifully Restored, Scored Four First Places in JCNA Concours.

Seller: GullwingMotorCars.com

Astoria, NY

The SS 100 is an important car, both to Jaguar, and in its own right as a sports car. Priced at a reasonable £395 when new, it was accessible, but also a genuine sports car, with the competition exploits to prove it. SS100’s were

commonplace in all of the typical motorsports venues, including hillclimbs, speed trails, road races, endurance contests, and rallies. Indeed, an SS100`s won the International Alpine Trial in both 1936 and 1948. The SS100 was actually a development of the similar SS90 (the numbers referred to the top speed in miles per hour), and was meant to address the criticism that the SS90 was underpowered. Initial SS100’s had two and a half litre engines (which actually displaced 2.7 litres), which was replaced by a three and a half litre unit for 1938. Approximately 309 SS100’s of all types were built, of which about 193 were two and a half litre versions.

This particular car is a beautifully restored example, and scored four first places in JCNA concours following an extensive and painstaking restoration performed between 1993 and 1996. The scores were an impressive 99.96, 99.96, 99.98, and 100 points, and the car has covered only a few hundred miles since. It has been regularly started and properly maintained since, and remains extremely fresh in appearance.

The restoration has held up extremely well, and certainly does not look like it was completed in the 1990’s. It has the appearance of a restoration that is just a few years old with a very high quality paintjob, which remains in excellent condition, with almost no blemishes to speak of. The chrome is also excellent, with no pitting or haze, as are the wheels. The iconic Lucas headlamps are in excellent shape, as well as all remaining glass and lenses. The car is fitted with optional auxiliary driving lamps, also made by Lucas, as well as correct and desirable “owl’s eye” rear lamp. The car also has both standard and Brooklands windscreens, as well as full weather equipment including soft top, boot side curtain, and boot, all of which are like new.

The interior is in similarly nice condition, with almost no wear in evidence. The leather of the seats is excellent, as are the carpets, and both are superbly fitted. The painted dashboard is extremely nice as well, and the attractive gauges are restored and lovely. The steering wheel is also in excellent condition.

The engine compartment is very clean and correct. It is well detailed, and has the feel of a thorough high-quality restoration that has seen minimal use and shows few signs of age. It is of course extremely correct and well-detailed, as would be expected of a car that has done so well at concours. Again the condition is extremely impressive for a restoration that is not just a few years old. The engine number is 250864 and is of the correct type, but does not match the engine number on the chassis plate. The underside was also included in the restoration and is extremely clean and superbly detailed to high standards.

This is a fantastic and rare opportunity to acquire one of these historic cars. The balance and proportions of styling are remarkable, and in combination with the beautiful detailing, have made the SS100 a highly sought-after blue-chip collectible that has enjoyed remarkable appreciation in recent years. Their performance makes them very usable today, and also contributed to their competition pedigree. With a little over 300 examples built, and considerably fewer surviving today, these cars are incredibly rare, and perhaps no other car represents better the quintessential British sports car. Consequently, they will always be in high demand, and will thus make very sound (as well as enjoyable) investments. This particular car’s stunning and award-winning restoration is holding up beautifully, and the car is ready to be driven or casually shown.

Vehicle Information

VIN #: 16969   Stock #: 16969
Condition: Used
Transmission: 4 Spd Manual
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Color: Red
s/n 18031 engine no. 250864
Price: $349,500.00
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1967 Jaguar Bertone Pirana – $350,000.00

1967 Jaguar Bertone Pirana

1967 Jaguar Bertone Pirana, 16011 Miles, 4 Speed Manual Transmission

Seller: oneelevencars.com

Palm Springs, California

It was never intended that the Bertone Jaguar Pirana would make it to production, it being manufactured exclusively as a concept for display at the 1967 Earls Court Motor Show.

Then again, it was not simply a hollow shell incapable of being driven. Indeed the Bertone Pirana was a fully operational concept, based on the chassis of a 4.2 litre E-Type Jaguar.

The idea for the car came about amoung a group of motoring journalists who, in March of that year, decided to experiment with the development of a car that would represent the attainable, unlike the offerings from Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati and Iso, their prices ensuring they were the play-things of only the rich and famous.

John Anstey came up with the idea, stipulating that the car should be built from components already in production and available to the public, and that all the latest aids to safety, comfort and performance should be built into it.

By the third week in April the basic design had crystallized, Sir William Lyons agreeing to sell the Telegraph a 2-plus-2 E-Type Chassis. Then, after a record minimum of letters (two each way), Nuccia Bertone agreed to design and build the coachwork, promising to complete the job in time for the London (18th to 28th October) and Turin (1st to 12th November) motor shows.

The result was the Bertone Pirana, a fastback two-seater with abbreviated Doktor Kamm tail and an overall length of just over 15 feet (making it slightly shorter than the E-Type 2-plus-2, which was 15 feet 4.3 inches long). To extend the effective track wide based rims and tyres (Dunlop cross-ply racing) were used, the cars overall width being 5 feet 6 inches (as compared to the E-Types 5 ft. 5.3 in.).

Being a prototype, the Pirana was heavier than the E-Type, which resulted in a small performance loss when compared with the donor car. That said, there were plenty of other companies prepared to assist with the cars development. Triplex supplied special Sundym glass which featured a thick vinyl interlayer which increased flexibility and resistance to penetration, with both the windscreen and rear window (which was hinged at the top to give access to the luggage space) being heated by wires laid in the interlayer.

Joseph Lucas, with offices in Turin, kept a close watch on their side of the project, which included paired 5 3/4″ diameter headlamps at each end of the grille – the main beam being supplied by the inner lamps of each pair, which used quartz-iodine bulbs; the outer, sealed beam lamps being used for dipping.

Smith’s Motor Accessory Division played a big part in the luxury side of the original concept, their assistant chief engineer for special products Brian Bishop making many journeys to Turin during the construction of the car. The result was the development of a special heating and air-conditioning system that used a refrigerator which cooled and de-humidified all air – whether it is needed for cooling or heating. It also featured one of the original climate control systems, using only two controls for the selection of temperature and blower speed. Using the principle that warm air rises, and cool comes down, heated air travelled forward along ducts let into the door sills from the heater unit behind the seats, while cool air was distributed throughout the car via a perforated distributor mounted to the roof.

A radiomobile set was linked to Smith’s latest tape-recorder and player – the first such unit to use cassettes. Forward thinking safety items included seat-belt reminder lamps and audible warnings, along with speed limit warnings. Inside the Bertone Pirana was functional, the E-Type steering wheel being carried over and giving a clue as to the origins of the car. The seats were upholstered in top-grade Connolly Anela hide, and special Britax seatbelts were fitted which used webbing to match the upholstery.

Amazingly the Pirana was finished in time, a true tribute to the people concerned with its development. Much of the design work was carried out behind closed doors, by only Nuccio Bertone and his chief stylist Marcello Gandini. They found time to develop a clay model which was modified many times before they were happy with the result. Then came full size and to-scale drawings, followed by a full size mock-up (done largely in wood) but using clay for the critical surface areas.

Then came the conversion to steel and alloy panels. While many were responsible for the cars development, special mention should be made of the main players, Bob Berry (then Jaguar executive director in charge of group publicity), Enzo Prearo (Bertone’s commercial manager), Brian Bishop (Smith’s assistant chief engineer in charge of special products), John Anstey (editor of The Daily Telegraph Magazine), and of course Nuccia Bertone and Marcell Gandini, Bertone’s chief stylist.

Vehicle Information.

United Kingdom
6 cyl. OHV
4235 cc
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
200 mph (estimated)
Number Built:
5 star
Price: $350,000
Year: 1967
Category:   Coupe
Status: Available
Transmission: Manual
VIN: 1E50950
Drivetrain & Engine: 6cyl OHV
Mileage: 16,011

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