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18081

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United KingdomBWX243

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Record Creation: Entered on 20 December 2010.

Database Updates: Show dataplate edits

Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"

 

Heritage Notes

Body 4808

Owner: Charles B DeWitt

(email)

Updated December 31st, 2020. Not legal proof of ownership.

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2010-12-20 22:43:58 | Lofty writes:

Seen on conceptcarz.com:

www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/642480,2233/1937-Jaguar-100-SS_photo.aspx

Caption says it was at RM Monterey.

2011-01-04 22:16:20 | pauls writes:

Car was at auction in '10
www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm

Auction description:
Sports & Classics of Monterey
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - Saturday, August 14, 2010
1937 Jaguar SS 100 Roadster
LOT: 338
Estimate:
$225,000-$275,000 US
Chassis No. 18081
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $286,000

- One of only 308 SS 100 roadsters built from 1936-41
- From the collection of Kathy and Jerry Nell
- Originally a 2.5-liter car, up-rated to 3.5-liter engine
- National JCNA winner, 28 awards 1986-2000, CCCA and Pebble Beach 1999

Gerald and Kathy Nell’s SS 100 still carries its North Yorkshire license plate, BWX 243, and documents date back to its original owner, A.C. Crowther of Harrogate, who bought it on April 13th, 1937. It passed to Ken Brittain of the Old Manor House, Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, then C.J. Bendall of Hitchin in Hertfordshire. Bendall appears to have been tracked down by a later owner, a Mr. Brown of New Albany, Ohio, as there are several letters back and forth in the 1960s. Brown also corresponded with the Jaguar Works in Coventry, checking authenticity, inquiring about spares and requesting a heritage certificate. That correspondence is also included. Other owners included J.S. Volmer in La Grange, Illinois and George Stauffer in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.
Kathy Nell recalls that her husband Jerry drove the SS 100 for about a year before he restored it in 1984 with the intention of showing the car. The Nells competed in 28 JCNA concours between 1986-2000, winning national class trophies. The car also appeared at Meadow Brook in 1988, Pebble Beach in 1999, the CCCA Grand Classic, the Chicago International Concours and Masterpieces of Style and Speed in 2008.
Mr. Nell was working the bugs out of the car when he first acquired it and was clocked on the Interstate by the Highway Patrol at over 100 mph. “I’m going to take my radar back to the shop,” said the officer. “Cars this old don’t go that fast.” Nell did not get a ticket.
Addendum

Extensive mechanical work amounting to over $14,000 was conducted on this car in 2009, including a full engine rebuild.

2012-07-22 10:16:08 | pauls writes:

Car to return to auction 8/12
www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm

Auction description:
Monterey
Friday, August 17, 2012 - Saturday, August 18, 2012
LOT: 138
Estimate:$300,000-$375,000 US
Chassis No. 18081

• One of only 308 SS100 roadsters built from 1936-1941
• Long-term ownership by noted marque enthusiasts Kathy and Jerry Nell
• National JCNA winner; 28 awards from 1986-2000

This SS100 still carries its North Yorkshire license plate, BWX 243, and documents date back to the original owner, A.C. Crowther, of Harrogate, who bought it on April 13, 1937. It passed through two more UK owners, and following export to the USA, the car was owned by a Mr. Brown, of New Albany, Ohio, who corresponded regarding the car several times and contacted the Jaguar Works in Coventry, checking authenticity, inquiring about spares, and requesting a heritage certificate. Other owners included J.S. Volmer, of La Grange, Illinois, and George Stauffer, of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.

Noted Illinois Jaguar collectors Kathy and Jerry Nell acquired chassis 18081 next. Mrs. Nell recalled that her husband Jerry drove the SS100 for about a year before he restored it in 1984, with the intention of showing the car. According to Kathy, Jerry was working the bugs out of the car when he first acquired it and was clocked on an interstate by the Highway Patrol at over 100 mph. "I'm going to take my radar back to the shop," said the officer. "Cars this old don't go that fast." Mr. Nell did not get a ticket. The Nells competed in 28 JCNA concours events between 1986 and 2000, winning national class trophies in the process. The car also appeared at Meadow Brook in 1988, Pebble Beach in 1999, the CCCA Grand Classic, the Chicago International Concours, and Masterpieces of Style and Speed in 2008.

The current owner acquired the Jaguar from the Nells, and under his care, it was thoroughly checked and serviced, including the oil being changed from the motor, transmission, and differential. The radiator was also flushed, the chassis was completely lubricated, and the wheels and tires were dynamically balanced. In addition, a set of stainless-steel nut cups were made to complete the car's soft top. The engine compression and carburetors were checked and found to be proper. The battery was replaced and connections were installed for preservation by a trickle charger. Handsomely presented, well-restored, and properly maintained, this SS100 will certainly form the cornerstone of any serious Jaguar collection.

2014-07-30 16:46:40 | pauls writes:

2010 RM auction Sold for $286,000, lot 338
2012 RM auction Sold for $352,000, lot 138

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