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1934 SSI Feature


Feature on an SS1 in France





The  1934 SSI photographed in the French national Motor Museum by member Anthony Sultana

Dear Steve,

 

I am a club member no 5545, I recently was on holiday in France and I visited the automobile national museum in Mulhouse it was quite an extraordinary  experience, the museum

have more than 500 cars on display but the only standard i could find was the standard swallow.

I am sending a photo of this car maybe you can make a small story and give me some details about it.

 

 best regards

 Frank Sultana

Hello Anthony,

 

Its Phil here.

 

OK, I will do that. I, too have seen the SS1 in the National Motor Museum of France. This originally was a private collection of cars gathered by the Schlumpf brothers, but was taken over by the French government (nationalised?) in lieu of death duties. It was then a collection of over 650 cars and truly one of the most breathtaking sights in the automotive world. Since then, the government seem to have sold off many of the more valuable cars, Bugattis etc to finance the running of the museum. As you say it appears to be down to 500 cars now and the spaces around the walls are becoming noticeable. Particularly as its the most valuable cars that are missing. A tragedy in anyone's view.

 

The SS1 is the bigger brother of the SS2 that I featured a couple of weeks ago on the website, the SS1 using the 16Hp standard chassis and mechanicals from 1934, clothed in a William Lyons body by the SS company. Some say that SS stood for Standard Swallow but there are other theories, Lyons would not confirm it. What is not in doubt is that the company renamed itself as Jaguar after the war when they started producing cars without Standard input. The rest is automotive history, as they say.

 

Thank you for your interest in sending in the photo, it's good to know its still there!

 

Regards,

Phil Homer