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18097

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United KingdomFPE299

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Record Creation: Entered on 9 June 2024.

 

Heritage Notes

Originally bright red with pigskin trim

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2014-04-24 19:47:11 | John Elmgreen writes:

Jaguar Enthusiast, UK club magazine, March 1995, page 28: "The original logbook has recently come to light for a 1937 SS100 chassis number 18097, registered FPE299. The present owner of the logbook would now like it to go either to the owner of the original car or the owner of the present registration number. Our club manager Graham Searle can reunite the parties so contact him in the first instance ... "

2024-06-07 14:54:24 | pauls writes:

Car now offered at:

inventory.symbolicinternational.com/vehicles/486/1937-jaguar-ss-100-2-5-l

Seller's description:

1937 Jaguar 100SS

Model 2 1/2-liter Roadster

Chassis No 18097

Engine No 252601

Body No 4821

Original Color Dark Red

Current Color Blue

Registration No FPE 299

First Registration May 6th, 1937

Only 314 examples were completed, 198 with 2 1/2-liter engines and 116 with the 3 1/2-liter engines. FPE 299 was completed in April of 1937 with a dark red exterior and it was first registered new in the UK on May 6th of the same year. The original owner was Malcolm Clifford Kenney of Wolverhampton, UK, a small community, just north west of Birmingham in the Midlands. It appears that Kenney may have raced this SS100 as a rally dashboard badge was issued to him for the 1952 RAC Rally. No other details regarding any race history are recorded that we are aware of.

In 1960 Mr. Kenney sold this Jaguar to a used car dealer C/A of Sedgley Stafforshire, UK, which was also located nearby Birmingham. A year later on January 15th, 1961, the car was purchased by the well known dealers, Thorobred Cars in London, UK.

Later that year on October 2nd, Thorobred sold the car to the last UK owner, Mr. Ward Thompson a London resident.

The UK log book shows continuous UK registration with annual stamps until 1962 when the UK registration was canceled and the car purchase by John L. Mead Jr of St. Petersburg, Florida who imported the car to the States.

Mr. Mead was a prominent local businessman who purchased a local beachwear company called Ermee's in 1944. His wife Pat and him operated the company very successfully and clearly profited well over the years leading to his pursuit and purchase of this rare SS100. There store finally closed in 1994 after 51 years in business.

Mead enjoyed the car after his purchase for several years and then in the Fall of 1964, he undertook extensive maintenance and repairs including the following:

-Rebuilt the carburetors

-Rebuilt the generator

-Installed new wiring loom

-Rebuilt two of the wheels

-Repaired and flushed the radiator and cooling system

-Installed original new front shock absorbers

-Installed new brake drum linings and had all the drums turned and polished

-Repaired front axle beam “eyes”

-Installed rear axle grease seals and gaskets

-Installed new radiator bypass hose

Upon completion of all the work, “Car & Driver” magazine sent a staff photographer to Mead's home where the car was professionally photographed for an upcoming article.

The following year, Mead offered the car for sale in “Car & Driver” magazine. The listing appeared in the Spring of 1965.

On August 12th, 1965, mead began corresponding with Sr. Angel Cespedes. In as series of preserved letters, they discussed the vehicle in detail as well as terms of the sale and arrangements to fly the car to Mexico, City for an additional $500.

On August 31st, 1965, this SS100 was formerly invoiced and sold by John Mead and purchased by Sr. Angel Cespedes via his agent, Mr. Leopoldo Ruiz, Jr. in Laredo, Texas for a total of $3,800 or just over $38,500 in today's money.

Approximately seven years ago, the car was acquired by the current owners a private museum collection with a dedicated staff of more than 25 individuals. The car was completely disassembled and then fully restored to the current condition it appears in today.

During the restoration, the car was confirmed to retain the original “matching number” engine and found to be remarkably free of any corrosion and little to know damage. During the restoration, the car was given a color change to dark blue with a red interior. There are currently just 195 miles on the odometer since the completion of the restoration.

2024-06-09 06:54:07 | pauls writes:

Car also on BaT

bringatrailer.com/listing/1937-jaguar-ss-100-8/

Same seller, Symbolic_International, San Diego, California

Chassis: 18097

200 Miles Shown, TMU

2,663cc OHV Inline-Six

Twin SU Carburetors

Tremec Five-Speed Manual Transmission

Blue Paint

Red Leather Upholstery

Blue Soft Top

18" Wire Wheels

Girling Copper Disc Brakes

Fold-Down Windshield & Brooklands Windscreens

Copy of Original UK Registration Booklet

Uninstalled Four-Speed Manual Gearbox

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