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 Ratio 6.1 to 1
BHP 52
@ RPM 4,300
Torque (lb ft) 0
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Single Solex carb
  1.75 litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 1,776
Bore and Stroke (mm) 73 x 106
Compression Ratio 7.2 to 1
BHP 65
@ RPM 4,600
Torque (lb ft) 0
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Single SU carb
  2.5 litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 2,663
Bore and Stroke (mm) 73 x 106
Compression Ratio 7.56 to 1
BHP 105
@ RPM 4,600
Torque (lb ft) 0
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Twin SU carbs
  3.5 litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 3,485
Bore and Stroke (mm) 82 x 110
Compression Ratio 7.2 to 1
BHP 125
@ RPM 4,500
Torque (lb ft) 0
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Twin SU carbs
  2.5 Litre SS100
Engine (cc) 2,663
Bore and Stroke (mm) 73 x 106
Compression Ratio 7.6 to 1
BHP 102
@ RPM 4,600
Torque (lb ft)  
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Twin SU carbs
  3.5 litre SS100
Engine (cc) 3,485
Bore and Stroke (mm) 82 x 110
Compression Ratio 7.2 to 1
BHP 125
@ RPM 4,500
Torque (lb ft) 0
@ RPM 0,000
Fuelling Twin SU carbs

Engine Performance

  1.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed 70 mph
0 - 60 mph 19.6 seconds
Fuel Consumption 25 mpg
  1.75 litre Saloon
Top Speed 72 mph
0 - 60 mph 17 seconds
Fuel Consumption 27 mpg
  2.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed 87 mph
0 - 60 mph 10.6 seconds
Fuel Consumption 19 mpg
  3.5 litre Saloon
Top Speed 92 mph
0 - 60 mph 9 seconds
Fuel Consumption 18 mpg
  2.5 Litre SS100
Top Speed 94 mph
0 - 60 mph 8.8 seconds
Fuel Consumption 20 mpg
  3.5 litre SS100
Top Speed 101 mph
0 - 60 mph 7.1 seconds
Fuel Consumption 21 mpg

Model Specifications

  1.5 litre Saloon
Transmission 4 - speed manual
Wheel Size (in) 18 inch wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle, half-elliptic leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, half-elliptic leaf
Brakes Girling rod operated
  1.75 litre Saloon
Transmission 4 - speed manua
Wheel Size (in) 18 inch wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle, half-elliptic leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, half-elliptic leaf
Brakes Girling rod operated
  2.5 litre Saloon
Transmission 4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in) 18 wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle half elliptical leaf
Brakes Girling -rod operated
  3.5 litre Saloon
Transmission 4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in) 18 wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle half elliptical leaf
Brakes Girling - rod operated
  2.5 Litre SS100
Transmission 4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in) 18 wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle half elliptical leaf
Brakes Girling - rod operated
  3.5 litre SS100
Transmission 4 speed manual
Wheel Size (in) 18 wire
Suspension (Front) Beam axle half elliptical leaf
Suspension (Rear) Live axle half elliptical leaf
Brakes Girling - 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

Model Driver Side Chassis No. Commenced Number made
SS90 RHD 349476 23
SS100 2.7 RHD 18001 126
SS100 2.7 RHD 49001 65
SS100 3.5 RHD 39001 118
SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 20001 2249
SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 10001 3444
SS Jaguar Tourer RHD 19001 105
SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 50001 3754
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHC RHD 56001 643
SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 50001 3754
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHC RHD 56001 643
SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 70001 688
SS Jaguar 1.5 DHC RHD 701001 34
SS Jaguar 2.5 Saloon RHD 40001 80001 (1940) 1577
SS Jaguar 2.5 DHC RHD 46001 279
SS Jaguar 3.5 Saloon RHD 30001 90001 (1940) 1065
SS Jaguar 3.5 DHC RHD 36001 90009 (1940) 241
Jaguar 1.5 Saloon RHD 410001 5450
Jaguar 1.5 Saloon LHD 430001 311
Jaguar 2.5 Saloon (Mark lV) RHD 510001 1682
Jaguar 2.5 Saloon (Mark lV) LHD 530001 75
Jaguar 2.5 DHC (Mark lV) RHD 517001 73
Jaguar 2.5 DHC (Mark lV) LHD 537001 31
Jaguar 3.5 Saloon (Mark lV) RHD 610001 3606
Jaguar 3.5 Saloon (Mark lV) LHD 630001 254
Jaguar 3,5 DHC (Mark lV) RHD 617001 184
Jaguar 3.5 DHC (Mark lV) LHD 637001 376

The SS Jaguars Events

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The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

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

Paul Skilleter

Pushrod Forum Co-ordinator

Tel: +44 01425 612669 @: pushrod.jec@gmail.com