MotorChasing: this is the SS Jaguar 100, photographed by Daniel Martin

MotorChase is not only about helping you choose the best car for your daily needs. This is also a place to gather the ones that appreciate cars in a single spot. And one of our most frequent readers, Daniel Martin, has given us a fantastic idea by sending us pictures of a car that called his attention. And he wanted to know more about it, so he sent the images to us. Without knowing, he has started MotorChasing, a series of special articles about cars that our readers find interesting and worth of being seen and known by their fellow readers. And the car Daniel has pictured is very, very rare: a SS Jaguar 100 with a 3 1/2 liters engine, also known as 3.5. If this is an original one, only 116 have been manufactured.


Daniel has spotted the car in Dilsberg, Germany, close to where he lives. The car license plates are from Heidelberg, a nearby city, and the car seems to be the real deal, according to our reader.

The SS Jaguar 100 was manufactured by SS Cars Ltd., from Coventry, in the United Kingdom. There is doubt about the origin of the name of the company, but it apparently relates to the name of the enterprise that preceded it, Swallow Sidecar Company. From making sidecars for motorcycles, it evolved into a coachbuilder and finally producing a sports car in 1929. The SS Jaguar 100 first appeared in 1936 and it was produced until 1940.


The car had a 2.64 m wheelbase and it was also sold as a chassis. The whole cars produced by SS Cars were 3.89 m long and 1.60 m wide. They were initially sold with a 2.5 6-cylinder in line engine which generated 70 kW. In 1937, it started to be sold with a larger engine, the 3.5 seen in this beautiful unit, which was able to produce 93 kW. This engine allowed the SS Jaguar to reach the magical speed (at the time) of 100 mph (160 km/h), hence its name, and to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 10.4 s. It had a 4-speed manual gearbox and weighed 1,150 kg.


When it was first put for sale, the SS Jaguar 100 was priced at £ 445. In 2010, a 1937 SS Jaguar 100 was sold in an auction for £ 666,270, or more than US$ 1 million.

After the Second World War, the acronym SS gained a pretty bad reputation. This is why the company dropped this name and adopted Jaguar instead, a brand we are sure you have already seen around. The SS Jaguar 100 is considered to be the first Jaguar in history. Thank you so much for the pictures, Daniel!


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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.