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Jaguar Ss One - 1931-1936
The ss one was the forerunner of the jaguar, but it never bore the jaguar name; The now legendary marque was introduced on a new ss model in 1935 and only became an automotive commonplace ten years later, after the nazis lent unfortunate associations to the initials ss. in 1931. No one was really sure what the ss on the cars badge signified, though some suspected it came from the original name of william lyons company, swallow sidecars. a few experts have suggested that the initials stan
Top speed of 84.5 for 1935 sports tourer, 70 mph for coupe
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, sidevalve, 6-cylinder
displacement 2,054 cc (2.05 l) to 2,500 cc (2.5 l) depending on model year
power rating 68 hp transmission 4-speed manual
chassis: Channel-steel; Front and rear suspension by semielliptic leaf springs; 4-¦ wheel, cable-operated drum brakes; 2,970 lbs
A little bit lower now
the ss one marked the point at which lyons ceased to be merely a builder of special bodies on other chassis and became a car manufacturer in his own right. Though the engine of the ss one was supplied by the standard motor company, the chassis was unique to the marque. When the model was introduced in 1931, it was advertised as long...low...and very fast!
its hood took up half its length, but much of that was strictly for show. Lyons brilliant styling
made the car look as though it cost three or four times as much as it did, and the ss one found a ready clientele over 4,000 were sold in five years, enabling the introduction of a new jaguar saloon at the 1935 london motor show,
The ss one coupe was a late addition to the line. Introduced in 1935, only a few hundred were built.
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