The SS Jaguars

From 1935 to 1950

In September 1935 SS launched their most advanced and significant new car, the first to carry the name Jaguar, though then not as the brand but as a model name - the SS Jaguar 2 1/2 litre saloon.Standard manufactured a new chassis to SS design and a Standard 6-cylinder engine was re-engineered by Harry Weslake to an overhead valve design, which Standard then manufactured specifically for SS. The rolling chassis was mated to a stylish four-door body, for sale at a very modest £385. To accompany this new model, SS also produced a smaller engined 1 1/2 litre 4-cylinder saloon using an existing Standard engine, priced at £295. 

With the introduction of the SS Jaguars, all other car production ceased except for the SS1 Tourer, now produced under the SS Jaguar name. 

Initially built using traditional methods of alloy and steel panels laid across an ash wooden framework, by 1938 SS moved over to all steel body production, at the same time increasing the model range to include a 3 1/2 litre version of the 6-cylinder engine. The company also produced a range of two-door drop head coupe models based on the same cars. 

At this time the company produced their first true sports car named the SS Jaguar 100. Using a shortened version of the saloon chassis with the choice of either 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 litre engines, and rakish two-seater open bodywork, the car was built in very small numbers, and the model was discontinued with the advent of the war. 

Production of the saloons and drop heads continued after the war, by which time the name of the company and the cars had been changed to Jaguar because of the perceived concern over the use of the insignia SS. 

Model Summary

Model Type:

The Pushrod Cars

Production Dates:

1935 - 1950

Engine Range:

1.5 litre Saloon

1.75 litre Saloon

2.5 litre Saloon

3.5 litre Saloon

2.5 Litre SS100

3.5 litre SS100

0 - 60 mph:

1.5 litre Saloon - 19.6 seconds

1.75 litre Saloon - 17 seconds

2.5 litre Saloon - 10.6 seconds

3.5 litre Saloon - 9 seconds

2.5 Litre SS100 - 8.8 seconds

3.5 litre SS100 - 7.1 seconds

Top Speed:

1.5 litre Saloon - 70 mph

1.75 litre Saloon - 72 mph

2.5 litre Saloon - 87 mph

3.5 litre Saloon - 92 mph

2.5 Litre SS100 - 94 mph

3.5 litre SS100 - 101 mph

The SS Jaguars Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 1.5 litre Saloon
Engine (cc)1,608
Bore and Stroke (mm)69.5 x 106
Compression Ratio6.1 to 1
BHP52
@ RPM4,300
Torque (lb ft)0
@ RPM0,000
FuellingSingle Solex carb
 1.75 litre Saloon
Engine (cc)1,776
Bore and Stroke (mm)73 x 106
Compression Ratio7.2 to 1
BHP65
@ RPM4,600
Torque (lb ft)0
@ RPM0,000
FuellingSingle SU carb
 2.5 litre Saloon
Engine (cc)2,663
Bore and Stroke (mm)73 x 106
Compression Ratio7.56 to 1
BHP105
@ RPM4,600
Torque (lb ft)0
@ RPM0,000
FuellingTwin SU carbs
 3.5 litre Saloon
Engine (cc)3,485
Bore and Stroke (mm)82 x 110
Compression Ratio7.2 to 1
BHP125
@ RPM4,500
Torque (lb ft)0
@ RPM0,000
FuellingTwin SU carbs
 2.5 Litre SS100
Engine (cc)2,663
Bore and Stroke (mm)73 x 106
Compression Ratio7.6 to 1
BHP102
@ RPM4,600
Torque (lb ft) 
@ RPM0,000
FuellingTwin SU carbs
 3.5 litre SS100
Engine (cc)3,485
Bore and Stroke (mm)82 x 110
Compression Ratio7.2 to 1
BHP125
@ RPM4,500
Torque (lb ft)0
@ RPM0,000
FuellingTwin SU carbs

Engine Performance

 1.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed70 mph
0 - 60 mph19.6 seconds
Fuel Consumption25 mpg
 1.75 litre Saloon
Top Speed72 mph
0 - 60 mph17 seconds
Fuel Consumption27 mpg
 2.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed87 mph
0 - 60 mph10.6 seconds
Fuel Consumption19 mpg
 3.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed92 mph
0 - 60 mph9 seconds
Fuel Consumption18 mpg
 2.5 Litre SS100
Top Speed94 mph
0 - 60 mph8.8 seconds
Fuel Consumption20 mpg
 3.5 litre SS100
Top Speed101 mph
0 - 60 mph7.1 seconds
Fuel Consumption21 mpg

Model Specifications

 1.5 litre Saloon
Transmission4 - speed manual
Wheel Size (in)18 inch wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle, half-elliptic leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle, half-elliptic leaf
BrakesGirling rod operated
 1.75 litre Saloon
Transmission4 - speed manua
Wheel Size (in)18 inch wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle, half-elliptic leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle, half-elliptic leaf
BrakesGirling rod operated
 2.5 litre Saloon
Transmission4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in)18 wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle half elliptical leaf
BrakesGirling -rod operated
 3.5 litre Saloon
Transmission4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in)18 wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle half elliptical leaf
BrakesGirling - rod operated
 2.5 Litre SS100
Transmission4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in)18 wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle half elliptical leaf
BrakesGirling - rod operated
 3.5 litre SS100
Transmission4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in)18 wire
Suspension (Front)Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear)Live axle half elliptical leaf
BrakesGirling - rod operated

Model Dimensions

 1.5 litre Saloon
Length (in)173
Width (in)61.5
Height (in)60
Wheelbase (in)108
Front Track (in)48
Rear Track (in)48
Weight (Cwt)21
 1.75 litre Saloon
Length (in)173
Width (in)65.5
Height (in)60
Wheelbase (in)112.5
Front Track (in)52
Rear Track (in)55
Weight (Cwt)26.5
 2.5 litre Saloon
Length (in)186
Width (in)66
Height (in)61
Wheelbase (in)120
Front Track (in)54
Rear Track (in)56
Weight (Cwt)32
 3.5 litre Saloon
Length (in)186
Width (in)66
Height (in)61
Wheelbase (in)120
Front Track (in)54
Rear Track (in)56
Weight (Cwt)32
 2.5 Litre SS100
Length (in)153
Width (in)63
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)104
Front Track (in)54
Rear Track (in)54
Weight (Cwt)23
 3.5 litre SS100
Length (in)153
Width (in)63
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)104
Front Track (in)54
Rear Track (in)54
Weight (Cwt)23.3

Optional Extras

  • Ace wheel rimbellishers
  • Unique exterior colour schemes
  • Lucas chromium plated fog lamps
  • Chromium plated badge bar
  • Radio installation
  • Fitted luggage for boot area
  • Extra fittings to 1.5 litre cars, normally standard on other cars

Chassis Numbers

ModelDriver SideChassis No. CommencedNumber made
SS90RHD34947623
SS100 2.7RHD18001126
SS100 2.7RHD4900165
SS100 3.5RHD39001118
SS Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD200012249
SS Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD100013444
SS Jaguar TourerRHD19001105
SS Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD500013754
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHCRHD56001643
SS Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD500013754
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHCRHD56001643
SS Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD70001688
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHCRHD70100134
SS Jaguar 2.5 SaloonRHD40001 80001 (1940)1577
SS Jaguar 2.5 DHCRHD46001279
SS Jaguar 3.5 SaloonRHD30001 90001 (1940)1065
SS Jaguar 3.5 DHCRHD36001 90009 (1940)241
Jaguar 1.5 SaloonRHD4100015450
Jaguar 1.5 SaloonLHD430001311
Jaguar 2.5 Saloon (Mark lV)RHD5100011682
Jaguar 2.5 Saloon (Mark lV)LHD53000175
Jaguar 2.5 DHC (Mark lV)RHD51700173
Jaguar 2.5 DHC (Mark lV)LHD53700131
Jaguar 3.5 Saloon (Mark lV)RHD6100013606
Jaguar 3.5 Saloon (Mark lV)LHD630001254
Jaguar 3,5 DHC (Mark lV)RHD617001184
Jaguar 3.5 DHC (Mark lV)LHD637001376

The SS Jaguars Events

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Fans of historic motorsport of all eras have a treat in store over the May Bank Holiday weekend when race cars from the 1920s to the 1990s take to the track for the Donington Historic Festival (Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April)....

Fans of historic motorsport of all eras have a treat in store over the May Bank Holiday weekend when race cars from the 1920s to the 1990s take to ...

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In aid of the Prince Philip Trust Fund, we’re bringing the Jaguar community to Windsor in May 2017 for one of the largest ever displays of Jaguars, Daimlers and SS cars - and you can join us.

In aid of the Prince Philip Trust Fund, we’re bringing the Jaguar community to Windsor in May 2017 for one of the largest ever displays of Jaguars, Daimlers and SS cars - and you can join us.

The SS Jaguars News

1948 Jaguar Mk Iv 1

Jaguar sold 67 years ago is bought back by the family at recent Brooklands Classic Car Auction.

Jaguar sold 67 years ago is bought back by the family at recent Brooklands Classic Car Auction.

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Model Contacts

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Pushrod Forum Co-ordinator

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