Started on Dec. 10 by rosswlovell

1934 Jaguar SS1 Tourer SWB


1934 SS1 Tourer, one of the last year of models that came equipped with a six-cylinder flathead power-plant that came from Standard Motor Cars. Standard supplied engines and chassis to SS Cars which later became Jaguar. The car was found in Old Hempstead, New York in the ‘50’s. The flathead engine having no parts support in the US, had been replaced with a a Dodge flathead and Dodge manual transmission equipped with a Hurst shift kit. Race prep included removal of bumpers, lighting, windshield, and minimalistic convertible top. The car raced locally and did well for a while before being retired to barn in a “road hard put away wet” condition. Bought by a man in Connecticut who bought it and then managed to put it back on the road sourcing a variety of incorrect but British parts. He kept the car for almost 2 decades before selling it to someone attending the Naval Academy, (he believes/many years ago). Car made it’s way back to Connecticut where it sat on a outside, on a trailer covered with a tarp. Thirty-five years sitting found the trailers’ tires flat and the trailer sinking into the ground, the car’s wheels did the same, causing perforation of a portion the rear frame rails which had been residing in Mother Earth. I named the car, The Pile O’ Oxides. The wheelbase has always been in question at 100” but period pictures from a previous owner show the shortened wheelbase when the picture is scaled. The wheelbase had been shortened by 19”, hard to scale something wrong by 19”. The Pile now sits on 4 wheels with new rails spliced in place and the wooden cowl understructure is now being built. I’m doing the work. Looking for a correct era flathead, just in case anyone has one taking up space in their garage.

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