|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
Record Creation: Entered on 18 June 2022.
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2022-06-18 14:25:58 | pauls writes:
Car is in the Simeone Foundation Museum
Chassis Number # 39047
The early history of this car is s mystery. Some of it was provided by a previous owner, Jack Stilwell of Minneapolis. He said they originally delivered the car to a well-known textile manufacturer in St. Nicholas, Belgium with whom Jack spoke. Jack was apparently the second owner.
Orginally purchased by a family in 1938, it was later involved in an accident after which it stoppped driving. Jack found it was unused in a garage where the chauffeur drove it to warm up temperature on the first day of every month. He talked the original owner into parting with it, then he shipped the car from Belgium to Baltimore, whence Jack drove it to Minneapolis (in the process of which he burned out the generator and voltage regulator). He and his wife used the car daily and enjoyed sports car activities during the summers. In a local vintage car race, Mrs. Stilwell finished second behind a chain drive Frazer Nash and ahead of Jack in his Bugatti 40A. Jack had fond memories of the car when he learned of our subsequent ownership.
The car was complete with fender modifications, which were soon corrected by David George. This was the first restoration David and I did together, and was completed in 1984. Since then we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship and David has fully restored and maintained some of the best cars in the collection. We’ve always had a simpatico because of his respect for originality and sensitive restoration. She required no additional parts except for installation of a proper generator. It was always a strong runner and apparently had received little use during most of its early life. The upholstery appears to be original and a letter from Jaguar Cars Limited shows that the original trim was olive green as in the present. Finished in black cellulose it presents a striking appearance and is one of the prettiest pre-war cars ever.