24th Apr, 2024 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 50

1969/2008 Suffolk SS100
Factory built to 'top works specification'


(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ADO 677
Chassis No: 1L4656DN

  • Built by Suffolk Sportscars Ltd to 'top works specification' in 2008
  • VSE overhauled, 'fast road' 4.2 litre XK DOHC engine with lightened flywheel, balanced internals and stainless steel exhaust
  • Four-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive, full weather equipment and a heater
  • Resident on the Isle of Man from 2014 - 2018 where it was road registered as 'MAN 100'
  • Re-registered by the DVLA in 2018 with the number plate 'ADO 677' and described by them as a '1969 Jaguar Convertible, Green'

PLEASE NOTE: This lot has a MOT Certificate valid until April 18th 2025 and passed with 'no advisories'

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made, the Jaguar SS100 has been an object of desire for more than eighty years. Due to its rarity and value the model has inspired numerous imitations. Though, few - if any - have been as aesthetically accurate as the cars built by Terry Rowing of TRAC Engineering. By the late 1980s Rowing had established an enviable reputation for restoring genuine SS100s and learnt how to remanufacture components such as the solid brass chromed radiator surround, alloy louvered bonnet and folding windscreen etc. Deciding to create a Jaguar XJ6-based SS100 Evocation that combined the style and feel of the original with more modern road manners, he approached current Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey (a customer at the time) for permission to take precise GRP body moulds from the latter's superb 1938 car. Unveiled in late 1990 the resultant TRAC prototype was well received by the motoring press. The production version was predominantly supplied in 'home-build' form at the rate of four a year until 1996 when the manufacturing rights were purchased by Roger Williams of Suffolk Sportscars. Reborn and refined as the Suffolk SS100, the design remained in production until 2020.

According to its accompanying history file, this particular example was factory-built by Suffolk Sportscars Ltd to ‘top works specification’ in 2008 utilising the donor identity of a 1969 Jaguar XJ6 S1 4.2 litre SWB Saloon. Finished in British Racing Green with Black leather upholstery, the two-seater features Brooklands aeroscreens, reproduction Lucas QK596 headlights, ‘Owl Eye’ style rear lights, silver-faced instruments and a Black mohair hood (plus matching tonneau cover). Opening the louvered alloy bonnet reveals polished camshaft covers and twin SU carburettors (the latter with pancake filters). Overhauled by marque specialist VSE, the ‘fast road’ 4.2 litre straight-six engine boasts a lightened flywheel and balanced internals. Allied to four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission, it imbues the SS100 with a rapid and long-legged gait. Purchased by its previous keeper, N. Sykes Esq., for the princely sum of £68,600 in 2014, the Suffolk spent the next four years on the Isle of Man where it sported the number plate ‘MAN 100’. A frequent returnee to the factory for servicing, the two-seater was re-registered as ‘ADO 677’ by the DVLA not long after entering the current ownership during 2018. Listed on the accompanying V5C Registration Document as a ‘1969 Jaguar Convertible, Green’, it remains just as smart as the modest 13,000 miles displayed to its odometer would suggest. The vendor has made preliminary enquiries about having the car IVA tested but not borne the associated circa £6,000 - £8,000 expense after receiving conflicting advice as to its necessity. Regularly MOT tested up until this year, ‘ADO 677’ started readily thanks to its electronic 1-2-3 ignition upgrade and ran well during a recent test drive. All but guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes, this decidedly handsome, factory-bult Suffolk SS100 is offered for sale with history file, tool kit, battery conditioner and wind wings etc.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 24th Apr, 2024

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