With the SS90 we return to the pioneering years of what later became Jaguar. One of the most legendary and if not the most quirky brand in the history of the automobile. What started as Swallow Sidecars LTd a producer of Sidecars. When in the early 1920s the popularity of cheap small cars increased more and more, the motor-sidecar combination gained a fearful competitor. Not blind to this evolution, the managers Lyons and Walmsley decided to focus on this new market and built their elegant bodywork on the chassis of various British car manufacturers. Not satisfied with the limitations this entailed, William Lyons finally decided to build their own chassis. Aware of the many failures in this, Lyons sought a partner. He arranged for the Standard Motor company to build a chassis according to his wishes. Its name was changed to Standard Swallow Ltd. and in the meantime, Lyons focused marketing-wise on the public with the slogan WAIT THE SS IS COMING… Long… Low… very low… and very Fast, which now even sounds appealing. As a result, the SS1 coupés conquered many hearts at its presentation at the London Motor Show in 1931. In 1933 the Tourer version followed, which immediately achieved success on the extremely tough course of the 1933 Alpine Trial. The SS1 line continued to be expanded and in 1935 the extremely stylish sports car, the SS90, finally followed. Not insensitive to marketing, the company decided that the new ss series was so new that it also needed a new name. Jaguar was eventually chosen and a few days before the London Motor Show of 1935 the press was invited to the Mayfair hotel in London, where the SS Jaguars were presented with some sense of show.
The SS90 never really outgrew the prototype stage and only 23 cars were produced before the SS100 arrived on the scene.
The Jaguar SS90 that we can present to you has the correct chassis and was built on one of the last S1 chassis to leave the factory in Coventry. The car is registered with Jaguar as an RPA (Re-used Product Automobile), which means that the original Chassis, the original 2 ½ engine and the full powertrain of the correct Chassis were used. In 1967 this chassis was fitted with an extremely carefully handcrafted and period correct aluminum bodywork. Since this is now more than 54 years ago, it ensures that the car has acquired an exceptionally beautiful patina, and the car radiates even more coolness. The condition of the patinated leather of the interior is simply sublime. The SS spent much of its life in its homeland before traveling to Argentina. In 2012 the car found its way back to Europe. Since then, his polished bodywork has already appeared on the scene at various prestigious events, including The Classic Sprint at the Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo and the FIA Europameisterschaft and is ready to shine at many more. What's more: the car also has an FIA passport.
This Pre war is not only Sub zero cool but also a sublime racer, with an elegance that only a brand like Jaguar can create.