Production: 1935 - 1940
Production Type: Mass Production
The SS Jaguar Drop Head Coupe was a convertible that appeared in 1938 with all three engines in the Jaguar series.
The Drop Head Coupe (DHC) came to replace the SS Jaguar Tourer in 1938, but if the Tourer was only made with a 2.5L engine, DHC sales started on all three (1.5, 2.5, 3.5 Litre) engines. Also, the body of the Drop Head Coupe had noticeable differences from the Tourer.
From 1938 to 1940, 1,154 DHC SS Jaguars were built on three types of chassis: Jaguar 1.5 Liter ~643, Jaguar 2.5 Liter ~273, Jaguar 3.5 Liter ~238.
It is difficult to determine the exact number of cars produced with this body due to one remarkable fact - since 1939, DHC cars began to be produced under chassis numbers SS Jaguar Saloon . However, there were much fewer cars in the Drop Head Coupe body, and to the total number of officially known quantities (1,154) one can add 100-200 copies recorded on the Saloon chassis numbers.
In this article presented only information about the 3.5 liter SS Jaguar Drop Head Coupe. Information about the 2.5 liter engine is available in the SS Jaguar Open Tourer article and about the 1.5 liter engine in the SS Jaguar Saloon article.
Engine: Six-cylinder, bore and stroke 82×110 mm, 3485-5 c.s. (25.01 hp) - £18 15s 0d. Overhead valves, chrome iron cylinder head, removable cylinder head, aluminum pistons, 7-bearing crankshaft, light alloy connecting rods. Two SU carburetors with electronic auto-throttle, 7.2:1 compression ratio, Lucas ignition coil, thermostatic pump cooling, forced lubrication system, Tecalemit oil filter, submersible oil pump. Dual exhaust system with four Burgess mufflers.
Frame: High-strength frame with reinforced rigidity.
Suspension: Luvax dampers. Semi-elliptical lead-coated leaf springs.
Jacking: Carried out using a special jacking mechanism.
Gearbox: Four-speed synchronized mechanics. Gear ratios: 1at - 13.45, 2at - 7.90, 3at - 5.12, top - 4.25.
Brakes: Girling kit with Ferodo BZ brake pads and Millenite drums.
Wheels and tires: 18" Dunlop rims with "Dunlop Fort" 5.50×18 tires. Spare wheel in a special compartment in the trunk at the rear.
Electrical equipment: Lucas de Luxe 12 volt equipment kit. P100 headlights, two fog lights, fender lights, reversing and brake lights, two interior lights, dual horn, cigarette lighter, electric wipers, petrol gauge.
Gas Equipment: Two electric fuel pumps and 14 gallon gas tank.
Dashboard: Speedometer 100 mph, rev gauge, ammeter, clock, emergency light switch, oil gauge, temperature gauge.
Management: Burman Douglass - worm. Bluemel steering wheel.
Finishing: Made of quality material “Vaumol” and “Dunlopillo”. Floor covering with felt backing.
Trunk: Spacious locker at the rear of the car with a lowered section for additional space.
Seats: In "Vaumol" and "Dunlopillo" finishes. The front seats are railed by Leveroll. Folding rear seat armrest.
Dimensions: Wheelbase - 10’, track width - 4’8". Overall length - 15′ 6″, width – 5′ 6″, height – 5′ 1″, ground clearance – 7″. Weight - 31 1/2 cwt.
Colors: Body/Trim/Roof; Olive/Olive, Beige/French Grey; Burgundy/Burgundy, Beige/French Grey, Gun Grey, Black; Green Suede/Green Suede/French Grey; Dark Blue/Navy Blue, Beige/French Grey, Black; Ivory/Green Suede, Red, Beige/Dark Sand, Black; Ash Green/Suede Green/Black, French Grey; Birch/Red, Black Grey/Gun Grey, Black, French Grey; Navy Grey/Red, Black Grey/French Grey, Gun Grey, Black; Lavender Grey/Green Suede, Red, Blue/French Grey, Black; Gun Grey/Red, Black Grey/French Grey, Black, Gun Grey; Honeysuckle colors / Beige, Red Black, Dark sand; Black/Brown, Red, Olive, Black Grey, Beige, Dark Beige/Black, Dark Sand, French Grey. Another color is £5. Pearl mother-of-pearl and white - £ 10. Alternative coloring of wheels - 1 £ 1s 0d. Other upholstery color - 2 £ 10s 0d.
Price: 1.5 liters - £318, 2.5 liters - £415, 3.5 liters - £465.