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  Jaguar SS I Saloon

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1934 - 1936
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWilliam Lyons' Swallow coach-built bodies on various types of chassis in the late 1920s. Swallow's bodies were fitted on chassis by among others Austin, Morris, Fiat and most importantly Standard. In 1931 it was Standard that produced a chassis exclusively for Swallow, after Swallow's design, the start of Standard Swallow (ss).

In 1933 ss Cars ltd was officially formed. Various chassis and bodystyles were available, but all of them shared an ultra-low profile with a long bonnet. The ss I line-up was expanded with a 'four light' saloon body in 1934. So called because of the four side windows. Offering more space than previous models, it was available in 16hp and 20hp form. The featured example is one of the latter, fitted with a 2.7 litre Standard engine. It is seen here in the Musee National d'Automobile (the former Schlumpf collection) in Mulhouse, France.

After the Second World War the name ss was wisely dropped by Lyons and from then his cars were named Jaguar.

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