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1934 SS II Feature

Feature on an SS II

The  1934 SSII photographed at Kemble Airfield this summer

The SSII was a product of Swallow Sidecars who had been producing cars in Blackpool from 1922. The cars were initially built on a selection of chassis bought in from Austin, Morris, Swift, Fiat, Wolsley and Standard.

The original Series I SSII of 1931 used the Standard Little Nine chassis 

Look closely and you will see that this Series II SSII comprises a lightly modified 1934 Standard 12Hp chassis, clothed  in new bodywork - created by William Lyons.

The only differences that I can spot on the chassis are a couple of additions:

apart from that that, the mechanical components are all pure Standard. The attractive two door, four-seater fixed head coupe style bodywork is finished in a most pleasing dark plum shade with black fabric covered roof and boot. The interior is finished in red leather and the car has a stylish set of circular instruments set in hexagonal bezels. There is a fabric covered sunroof and the wood framed boot is a separate item bolted to the rear of the bodywork and itself carrying an externally mounted spare within a cover

Two views of the 1608cc sidevalve engine - it produced 38bhp

This car is owned by Mike Taylor of Wiltshire who is also responsible for the superb restoration. The car was photographed at the Kemble Show in August 2007

Photos and article by Phil Homer