Production: 1933 - 1936
Production Type: Mass Production
The SS 1 Open Four-Seater is a model of the “Tourer” type popular at the end of the 30s, the third in the SS1 series of cars, which was distinguished by a full folding roof.
The model was announced in 1933, and already in 1934 appeared in the catalogs of the company's models. Also known as "Open Four Seater Sports" or "Tourer". The reason for the creation of the model in this particular body was, most likely, two factors: the successful sales of the first two types of SS 1 Coupe models and the popularity of “Tourer” cars in the late 30s. In general, it can simply be called an extension of the SS 1 model range.
The car was already built on an updated chassis and a “Standard” engine with increased power. The possible reasons for the upgrade are written in the history of the SS 1 Coupe model .
A car of this model was sold from 1933 to 1936. The exact number of models produced could not be established, although there is information about about 600 cars.
Open sports cars have always attracted many motorists, and now it is possible to enjoy the popularity of these models.
This model meets the requirements of all open car enthusiasts, combined with beautiful looks and exciting performance.
With its low suspension, body lines that convey speed, and powerful acceleration, it adds endless fun to the thrill of driving this car.
The interior of the car is designed in the likeness of the SS 1 Coupe . Both front and rear seats provide perfect comfort and are located on the same level.
All the qualities that should be in a modern sports car are included in SS 1. Open Four Seater Sports, which makes it a car that fully meets all the requirements of the owner.
Engine: 6-cylinder “Standard” with side valves supplied exclusively for “Swallow”. 16 HP, 2143 cc - cylinder bore and stroke - 65.5x106 mm, £16. 20 HP, 2663-7 cc - cylinder bore and stroke - 73x106 mm, £20. Ignition coil, aluminum pistons, lubrication system, water cooling system, etc. Special RAG carburetor All elements are made of various quality alloys.
Gearbox: Synchronized. Allows you to switch gears easily and quickly. Gear ratios: Top - 4.75, Third - 6.52, Second - 10.21, First - 17.1.
Frame: Lowered with increased rigidity.
Bridge: 4 gear differential. "Floating" rear axle with one-piece steel casing. Front axle in the form of an H-beam.
Suspension: Provides perfect comfort and stable stability at all speeds. Includes silent block springs and Hatford dampers. Front - 34 3/8 × 1 3/4. Rear - 42 1/8 × 1 3/4.
Brakes: Installed Bendix "Duo Servo". They are controlled by mechanics (manual and foot) on all 4 wheels. There is also a hand brake.
Gas Equipment: 12 gallon gas tank, AC fuel pump
Radiator and Grille: Chrome plated and crafted to match body lines.
Bumpers: Both the front and rear bumpers have an attractive appearance. The buildings bumper serves to protect the spare wheel and trunk.
Electrical equipment: 12 volts. Large QBD/166S/GC headlights, brake lights, reversing light, sport lamps on fenders, horn, ignition. All lamps and horn are chrome plated.
Finishes: Celstra upholstery and flooring are finished in a color to match the bodywork.
Body: With a folding roof made of leather and a capacious trunk. The bodywork is designed with graceful lines and is an example of craftsmanship. The interior of the car has a truly refined comfort.
Dimensions:Vehicle overall length 15′ 6″, inside body width 4′ 0″, wheelbase 9′ 11″, track width 4′ 5 1/2″, width 5′ 5 1/2″, height 4 ′ 7″, doors - 3′ 6″, body depth inside - 3′ 5″, from the center of the back to the pedals (adjustable) - 3′ 8″ maximum, 3′ 2″ minimum, back height - 2′ 1″.
Seats: Comfortable and able to accommodate 4 adult passengers. The rear seats are made in the form of two chairs with an armrest between them. The front seats are made in the likeness of the rear ones (but without an armrest), but are also able to change the depth due to the rails.
Colour: All Black, Green Wheels and Trim; All black, brown trim, black wheels; All black, red trim and wheels; All cream, green trim and wheels; All red carnation colors, red wheels and trim; All beige, brown wheels and trim; All in Nile Blue, blue wheels and trim; All crimson, red wheels and trim; All olive, green trim and wheels; All lavender, blue wheels and trim; All dark yellow, brown trim and wheels; All in apple green, green wheels and trim.
Doors: They are wide enough and are mounted on chrome-plated hinges, which provide free access to the car for passengers of any height. Each door has a lock.
Trunk: Made from quality leather. Complete with chrome lock. Has a lot of space and is very comfortable.
Windows: The windshield is mounted on hidden hinges (not interfering with the view), which allow the window to be lowered. Comes with Lucas wipers.
Hood: Mounted on fasteners for easy opening and made of stainless steel.
Wings: Arched. Provide high quality protection.
Wheels and Tires: Rudge-Whitworth on 18" sport rims with Dunlop 18x5.50 tires.
Dashboard: Contains: rev counter, speedometer, clock (English+French time), oil gauge, thermometer, fuel gauge, ammeter, start button, inspection light socket.
Price: 16 HP - £335, 20 HP - £340. With DWS hydraulic system: 16 HP - £340, 20 HP - £345.
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People: William Lyons William Walmsley