1937 JAGUAR SS 100
Registration Number: NSU 698
Chassis Number: 18083
This SS100 was delivered new in 1937 to a Colonel W. V. Nugent. It was later exported to America where it was comprehensively restored during the 1980s and remained in the sunny Californian climate until 1988 when it was re-imported by classic car dealer Gerry Porter.
Upon re-importation the car was purchased for a private family collection where it remained for over twenty years. During the family's ownership 18083 was lovingly cosseted in the family's private museum and meticulously maintained by their in-house engineer.
Although the Jaguar was in exceptional condition, the fastidious owner undertook a thorough recommissioning of the bodywork and mechanics including a comprehensive engine rebuild by marque specialist David Davenport, completed 2010; this wonderful SS100 runs beautifully and has covered only 445 miles since.
The lustrous Jaguar Opalescent Gunmetal Grey paintwork complements the burgundy leather interior beautifully. The gleaming brightwork adorning the svelte body, retaining its original Lucas QK headlights and Owl's Eye rear lights, is also in excellent condition.
This is an extraordinarily well-presented example of an exceptionally desirable model, with its combination of effortless elegance and excellent road manners and is truly an iconic British sports car. That the SS100 is so instantly recognisable is remarkable considering the rarity of the model, this being one of only 198 produced, and is testament to the perfect proportions and elegance of the bodywork.
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