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SS & Jaguar Cars: 11/2 Litre, 21/2 Litre, 31/2 Litre, SS100 & Mark V, 1936-1951 [Hardcover]

Allan Crouch
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14 Nov 2013
Published in Association with Jaguar Heritage. Following on from his book S.S.I and S.S.II Cars (October 2006; Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust; ISBN 978 0954103 92 7), marque expert Allan Crouch details the models that succeeded them: the 11/2 and 21/2 Litre of 1936-37, the SS100 sports car, the 11/2, 21/2 and 31/2 Litre of 1938-48, and the Mark V of 1948-51. Apart from the 11/2 Litres, what was common to these cars was the six-cylinder engine, based on a Standard side-valve unit for which Harry Weslake designed an overhead-valve cylinder head, giving very respectable power outputs. Combined with flowing body styling inspired by William Lyons himself, the result was some strikingly attractive and desirable cars, at extraordinarily keen prices.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd; First Edition edition (14 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906133492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906133498
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Crouch studied Sciences at Reading University and then pursued a career as a production engineer in the telecommunications industry in Brazil and the UK. Now retired, he is the Registrar for SS cars for the Jaguar Drivers Club, and has expanded the register to include all the known cars worldwide by incorporating the major overseas registers in the USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and continental Europe. He is a volunteer archivist for the Jaguar Heritage, computerizing all the factory sales and orders ledgers for pushrod-engined cars from the early S.S.I and S.S.II to the Jaguar Mk V. In 1979 he found and acquired a rundown and partially dismantled 1948 Jaguar 21⁄2-litre drophead coup?, which he set about restoring and which has since won a number of Concours competitions.

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This book will surely answer any questions anyone has regarding the 1 1/2, 2 1/2, and 3 1/2 liter saloons and dropheads of the 1930s and 1940s; the SS100 cars; and the stopgap Mark V models. The text is clear and detailed, yet concise. The photographs are top-notch, and the appendices at the rear show all manner of production, sales, exports, colors offored, and rally entries. Aside from the chapters that describe the various models in detail, there is data on car identification, exports and foreign assembly, and on coachbuilt cars from a variety of British and foreign coachbuilders. There is a chapter on these cars in competition, and there is even data on the tool kits supplied by Jaguar for these cars. For anyone interested in Jaguars of this period, this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 May 2014
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Great book with enormous amount of detail. A must for every SS car to Mark V owner or prospective owner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book- but still not quite good enough. 14 May 2014
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This book unsurprisingly resembles its predecessor on the earlier SS1 & SS11. It is very well produced, with many colour photo's- although in this regard the earlier book is rather better. Some of the photos in this one are rather small and the choice of cars to 'model' for them is not perfect. It's surprising to learn that the original coach built 2.5 litre Jaguar is now almost extinct, and the car photographed is a rather indifferent example.

Mr Kreiner's excellent review lists the positive features very well, so I will not repeat them. However, I do find that in places the text of this book is a little repetitive and tends to describe at length things that can clearly be seen in the pictures. Personally I'm particularly interested in the 'extra's' that you could buy for 1930's cars: these are sometimes mentioned, but there is no definitive list nor any prices. It is fascinating to discover how these cars could be personalized and what things the first owners could be persuaded to specify.

There are chapters on competition history and on factory records, helping modern owners to trace their cars. This book is light and easy to read - and it's a very good effort, but I believe it's worth mentioning the things that cause me to 'drop a star' here.
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