One of the rarest and most valuable Jaguars in the world has just arrived here at British Sports Cars for repair and restoration work. This is an SS 100 Jaguar with coach work by the Belgium company Van den Plas. This car was sold to Van den Plas in 1939 and was to be used to show Jaguar what they could do. Unfortunately, due to World War II, the project stalled out and was not completed until 1948.
In our opinion, this is one of the most elegant Jaguars every built, with its gorgeous body very similar to what you would find designed by Figoni et Falaschi. Everywhere you look on this car you find something wonderfully designed and nothing less than gorgeous. It also has those very similar swooping lines that you find on Jaguar XK120s and MK VIIs, leaving us to wonder if Sir William Lyons used some of the styling cues in his designs.
This car is a 1939 SS100 2 1/2 Litre Jaguar, and was the last SS100 2 1/2 Litre chassis to be sold. What’s interesting is that this car doesn’t have any SS badging on it at all, which we assume is because it was completed after World War II—after SS Cars Limited changed the company name to Jaguar.
Here at British Sports Cars, we are huge fans of SS cars and are blessed to have a couple in our personal collection. We are very pleased to have been entrusted with such a significant and valuable SS Jaguar. It’s been sitting in museums for years, and we couldn’t be more honored to be entrusted with bringing it back to life and putting it back on the road.
Once back on the road, we’ll keep you updated, so make sure to check back for more about this one-of-a-kind SS Jaguar.
And now for the photos of this rare example of pure elegance.
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