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.
on 22 November 2014
This follows on in the same vein as Mr Crouchs previous ,thorough ,Book on the SS1 & SS2 Cars. For anyone Purchasing or Restoring any of these Cars there is a Wealth of Detailed information on both the Engine & Mechanical characteristics. Also lots of useful Pictures of Interiors and Dashboards. If this is the Market this Book was aimed at it does an Admiral Job however for the Reader interested in the Personal side of Jaguar History and "goings on" there is little. This Book was obviously written with love to fill a glaring gap in the Published History of Jaguar and it suceeds admirably. We must thank all the Historians and Bckground people connected to the once great British Car Industry for ensuring that this long dissappeared era is remembered so well.
on 8 February 2014
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.