One of the most visually pleasing motor cars of any generation has taken centre stage at Palmer Coolum Resort’s porte cochere and is proving to be a hit with visitors and guests.
A quite stunning example of a 1936 Jaguar SS100 has temporarily replaced the glorious 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, which has been commissioned for active service at a private event.
The two-seater Jaguar’s sleek curving coachwork brings about motoring memories of a time gone by and her deep red finish just adds to the aesthetic appeal of this chrome-trimmed crowd pleaser.
Under the hood there’s a 3.5 litre engine whose power gave rise to the classic car’s title, the ‘100’ reflecting its ability to exceed a top speed of 100mph (161kph), quite an amazing feat for a production car in the 1930s.
The timeless classic, which is pristine condition, is another member of Professor Clive Palmer’s private vintage car collection that has been such a popular addition to the resort’s character in recent months.
Just 198 of the 2.5 litre and 116 of the 3.5 litre models were made with only 49 believed to have been exported, making it a very rare vehicle by any measure.
The car’s place in Jaguar’s history is also of great significance. The SS100 was one of the last to bear the ‘SS’ initials that referred to the company’s original name, the Swallow Sidecar Company. The company changed its name to Jaguar to avoid unsavoury post-war connotations to the SS moniker.
The SS100 was also the first to prominently display the famous Jaguar ‘leaper’ mascot mounted on the top of its radiator cap. After some modifying of its design, the Jaguar leaper became a symbol that was synonymous with the brand and the eventual trademark of Jaguar Cars Ltd.
Already an attraction with guests, the car will form part of a vintage car museum that is planned for Palmer Coolum Resort. Professor Palmer recently added 17 vehicles to his 80-strong collection after sending a team to Denmark to attend RM Auctions’ one-day sale of cars from the Danish Aalholm Automobile Museum.