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Jaguar’s heritage extends to 1922 and the birth of the Swallow Sidecar Company. Amazingly, it took almost ten years for this rapidly expanding company to launch a car everybody spoke about.
After surprising the established order with his debut at the Mayfair Hotel in London in 1931, the SS1 established itself as a vehicle that could compete with the best that Alvis and Bentley had to offer. With its breathtaking shape and first-class interior, it was a great and innovative appearance.
It debuted as a coupé, but various SS styles were quickly added to the SS1 line-up – the most famous being the SS100. But it was the saloon, one of which we offer for sale here, that filled the order books. The stunning Airline model with its covered spare wheels and the streamlined shape reflected the art deco style of that time. The car was produced between 1934 and 1936, and only 624 were produced.
Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons was not in favor of the appearance of this model and the Airline was therefore attributed to the influence of William Walmsley – the original Lyon partner, who would soon leave the company. Nevertheless, it is now considered the most striking of all SS1 body variants.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, SS had sold 20.000 cars and these were largely unscathed from the conflict. By then, the unsavory connections of the company’s SS initials needed a change – and in February 1945, it became Jaguar Cars.