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  Jaguar SS 2 Series 2 Fixed Head Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1934 - 1936
Numbers built:154
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTogether with the ss1, Standard Swallow introduced the ss2 in 1931. There was one major difference between the two, Standard constructed the ss1 chassis exclusively for Swallow to body. The chassis used for the ss2 was a regular Standard Nine chassis. The ss2 was smaller in every aspect compared to the ss1, but that is only clearly visible when the cars are lined up together.

Both models used Standard engines, but the four cylinder engine of the ss2 displaced less than half of the 'six' found in the ss1. The small engine produced 27 bhp, which made the ss2 not much of a performer. It were the good looks and affordable price that made the ss2 quite successful. By the end of the production in 1936 1801 ss2s were constructed.

To spice up the performance of the ss2, two larger engines were available in the Series 2 introduced in 1934. These were the 1343 cc 10 hp and 1608 cc 12 hp versions, which produced 32 bhp and 38 bhp respectively. A larger wheelbase, four speed gearbox and servo operated drums were also part of the Series 2 package. Two versions were available, the Saloon and the Coupe, both of which were very similar except for the fabric covered rear quarter windows on the Coupe.

Of the Series 2 coupe only 154 examples were constructed and with many pre-War cars, the survival rate is very low. Featured is a completely original 10 hp Coupe which was offered by Christie's Paleis 't Loo Concours d'Elegance where offers failed to meet its reserve. Christie's pre-auction price estimate was $29,000 - $40,000.

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