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Mike Attle – 1934 SS2

Mike Attle – 1934 SS2

Founded by William Lyons and William Walmsley, SS Cars was the forerunner of the luxury brand we know today, changing its name to Jaguar Cars Limited in 1945. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, this stylish model retains its original Carnation Red and black paintwork.

Bought by Mike around five years ago, he found it on an internet auction site. “I’d previously restored a Derby Bentley and was looking for another project, and this one seemed like a lovely pre-war car. It was very pretty and definitely worth restoring.”

He knows something of its history, discovering that it was sold by a company in Sheffield and issued with a Doncaster registration in 1935. He adds that for a car that is ninety years old it’s in very original condition, and has never been restored before.

That originality extends to the paintwork, and while it is mostly complete some of the interior parts are currently stored in boxes. It is perhaps no surprise that the engine doesn’t run, but Mike says that it is a very good basis for a restoration project.

However, he goes on to say that with a number of other projects awaiting his attention his plan is to sell this delightful car. We think it is certainly an important piece of British motoring history, so if you are looking to start a restoration of your own then the owner would love to hear from you.

Making its debut at the 1931 London Motor Show, the SS2 would ultimately be available in a number of body styles and production continued until 1935. Plenty of work will be needed to return this example to the stunning condition it deserves, but it will be a fascinating project and one we would love to see at a future show

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