|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
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Record Creation: Entered on 27 June 2022.
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2022-06-27 13:34:32 | pauls writes:
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Car type Convertible / Roadster
Lot number 84
Exterior colour Grey
Documented up to day one
One of 198 two and a half liter S.S. 100
In highly authentic original condition
Two-time Mille Miglia participant
Proven many times in rallies
Chassis 18106 was sold to its first owner, S.C. delivered to Duckworth. He had registered his new sports car on June 11, 1937 with the registration number ABT274.
A plaque on the dashboard indicates that the car took part in the 1938 Seventh Annual Blackpool Rally. However, participation in the Morecambe Rally of 1952 is guaranteed. Even in the early post-war years, the S.S. 100 retained their dominance on the race track before new and better race cars ended their era.
Before 18106 began its journey across the pond in 1961, it was owned by B.E. Rutland of Isleworth, Middlesex, before being imported to California by Chris Coburn of Portola Valley. From this Sam Houston from Palo Alto acquired the S.S. 100 and later gave it to Van S. Hurd, from where the car, via a brief intermediate owner, ended up in June 1968 with the man with whom it was to remain for 30 years: Hugo Molnar, a native of Hungary who moved to Vienna in 1956 and later emigrated to the United States. For the next two years, Molnar set about building his S.S. to be completely restored with the utmost dedication. As with many of its peers, the engine had already been swapped out in England for a larger, more competitive 3½ liter unit, and the rest of the car appeared to be in good condition, as photos show.
After completing the restoration, Molnar deployed his S.S. 100 entered numerous vintage races, including Laguna Seca, and became an active member of the Californian S.S. Scene. Photos show Molnar at various races, meetings and concours. At an advanced age, Molnar finally separated from his S.S. and the car moved to the east coast in Maine to Christopher Hutchins.
In 2008 the previous owner, a Jaguar collector, brought 18106 from the United States to Austria. The SS 100 had been repainted in the meantime, but the decades in dry Palm Springs had clearly done him good. Its new owner had the S.S. wait at the specialist and from then on used it at numerous events. In 2013 he contested the Mille Miglia for the first time. At the beginning of 2014 he acquired the English S.S. Specialists Davenport a completely overhauled, original 2½ liter S.S. 100 engine, bringing the car back to its original specification. In 2016 he successfully took part in the Mille Miglia once again.
The SS 100 now have their place in automotive history and it is rare to find such a completely documented example. This one turns 80 this year and immediately casts a spell over the enthusiast. It's beautiful, it's fast and it breathes a lot of history. Just a legend.
Papers: Austrian individual approval