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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Monday December 2, 2019 at 8:13 AM
 
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1939 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster by Van den Plas.


102 bhp, 2,663 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine with dual SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and solid-axle rear suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs and friction shock absorbers, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 104 in.

The name Vanden Plas is most frequently seen in conjunction with Bentleys and, yes, Jaguars, but the Jaguar offered here is a “Vanden Plas” of another country. It was bodied not by the famous British coachbuilder but by its Belgian ancestor, Carrosserie Van den Plas of Antwerp, originally established in 1870 to build carriage axles and wheels. Eventually, the firm had progressed to the building of entire carriages and, by the 1930s, was reigning supreme as Belgium’s foremost builder of custom automobile bodies that, in the words of The Times of London, “had an air of distinction lacking in many of the products around them.”






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1939 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster by Van den Plas. by Dick Johnson #45445
I'd rather have a proper one! This has just been announced... by John Roberts #45445.1




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