Today’s feature image contains an odd pairing of pre-war automobiles in 1939. The car on the left is a 1931 Cadillac sports phaeton fitted with spun bright metal wheel discs. On the right is an SS 100 Jaguar sports car.
The Cadillac’s curved bar and badge between the center of the headlights that is missing, identifies if the car is powered by a V-8, V-12, or V-16 engine. This example appears to be the twelve-cylinder version powered by the new V-12, 368 c.i. engine introduced in 1931 which produces 135 h.p. The sport phaeton coachwork is by Fleetwood.
The SS 100 sports car (possibly new at the time) is constructed on a chassis produced by the Standard Motor Company with coachwork by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. This is the third model to be produced by SS Cars and was built between the years of 1936 to 1941, it is the first model to be named “Jaguar.”
The 104″ w.b. Standard chassis based on solid axles with semi-elliptic springs was first fitted with an o.h.v. Standard 2.5 liter inline six producing 100 h.p. and backed up with a four-speed transmission. Later in 1938, it was updated to 3.5 liters with an output of 125 hp.
The Trico vacumn fan advertisement on the left-hand top of the photo and research confirms that the automobiles were owned at the time by early collector John R. Oishei. He was founder of the Tri-Continental Corporation in 1917 which produced Trico vacumn windshield wiper systems, blades and windshield fans.
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