Suffolk Sportscars is dedicated to the production of the visually exact reproduction of the legendary Jaguar SS100, we have been in continual production of these cars for over 20 years. It is a pure and true in it's form, and is fully recognised and accepted by all the Jaguar car clubs around the world.
The SS Jaguar 100 was originally designed in 1935 by William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar Cars Limited. You will find a history of the SS Jaguar 100 within our new website.
The SS Jaguar 100 is one of the most important cars every produced in England. It marked the high point of English sports car design before the start of World War II. When the leading motoring writers of Europe selected their choice of the 100 most important cars of the 20th century, they included the legendary SS Jaguar 100. Surely there cannot be a more iconic or widely recognised car ever produced in such limited numbers. Only 314 SS Jaguar 100s were ever made, so for a car to be so well recognised signifies it as one of the most significant Art Deco vehicle designs, and also, a hugely significant vehicle in British motoring history.
We have now made over 315 of our Suffolk SS100 Jaguar reproductions and in 2017 we will have produced more cars than the 314 units produced by William Lyons and SS Cars Ltd. We hope that this website will give you the confidence in our products and that you may take the opportunity to come and visit us at Woodbridge. I can tell you that even after over 20 years of making the SS100 I still get a smile and goosebumps whenever I’m ready to go for a drive.
At Suffolk Sportscars we combine all the superb visuality of the original SS100 with modern brakes, steering, power and safety to meet the demands of today’s drivers. This is a great car to go touring in so you can plan to drive hundreds of miles in a day and do so in great comfort. The Jaguar XJ6 is one of the most comfortable saloon cars ever built and the suspension set-up on our car uses all the components that made this level of comfort possible.
Within this website you can learn more about making the dream of one of the most iconic sports cars an eminently usable and enjoyable reality, at a realistic cost. We build numerous cars every year to bespoke customer specifications, and never build for stock. We can build you a bespoke car that you can truly call your own, with your choice of colour and trim, mechanical specification, trim level and optional extras. You can see cars that we have previously built in the gallery section of our website.
We can also provide a self build package, where the vehicle comes ready for simple assembly and fitting at home, with a full set of reconditioned and new parts - effectively providing a big boys Meccano set.
Finally, we aim to carry stock of our approved preowned Suffolk cars, although this is not always possible. We pick and choose to resell only the finest examples, and all cars come fully prepared to the best standards, with works guarantees, and ready for sale. Many cars carry historic registration, so can be exported worldwide to a great number of countries.
In fact, Suffolk cars can now be found in over 50 countries of the world.
Our Customer Build Manual fully explains all assembly procedures. The Build Manual is updated annually so the information you are getting is always right up to date.
Dowloading a pdf of our Build Manual is free, however, we ask for an email address so we can keep track of who has one. We will not add you to any mailing list unless you specifically ask us and we will not bug you with needless calls; if you need further help please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would typically prepare all items to enable the '4 corners' of a chassis to be assembled. This would include powder coated chassis plus all brakes, suspension, steering, front and rear hubs plus a pre-assembed rear axle assembly, fuel tank, radiator hoop and stays.
You would receive the reconditioned XK engine, gearbox, overdrive, propshaft, SU carburettors and inlet manifold, stainless steel exhaust system, radiator and road wheels.
You would receive the prepared body (can be supplied painted) and a large number of assembly parts including pre-cut floorboards, wiring loom and ancillaries.
Would comprise the windscreen, hood frame, weather gear, seats, interior, brightwork, lamp bar, headlamps and final components.
All deliveries are at customers calling; there is no prescribed timescale, and we have had some customers who have completed their assembly in as little as 6 months whereas some have taken over 2 years when choosing to do it as a slow and steady project.
The following is a typical short guide to the assembly procedures:
1 Chassis to be sited on 4 axle stands in a garage or workshop.
2 Fit into chassis the 4 special Metalastic bushes that carry the top and bottom differential mounting plates and secure with Loctite.
3 Fit into chassis (using the Suffolk differential mounting plates) the sub-assembly unit of rear driveshafts; lower arms; outer hubs; inboard disc brakes; differential unit (note: This unit can be completely built by Suffolk prior to delivery of the chassis enabling the customer to fit 'the back end' as a single operation).
4 Fit the 2 rear tie bars with their special bushes and rose joints.
5 Fit the 4 spring coils over the shock absorber units of the rear suspension.
6 Build up the front end of the chassis using the upper and lower suspension wishbones, uprights, brake discs, bearings, and hubs.
7 Fit 2 spring coils over the shock absorbers and install.
8 Fit front brake calipers to the uprights.
9 Fit steering rack to chassis using 3 special polyurethane bushes.
10 Fit brake and clutch pedals to chassis on pedal shaft.
11 Fit brake servo and master cylinder to mounting plate on chassis.
12 Fit 3/16 cupronickel brake lines to inside of the offside chassis rail using 12 clips (4-way connector from servo to brake light hydraulic switch and to individual front calipers, 3 way connector from servo to individual rear calipers).
13 Install 2 front brake flexi hoses between brake lines and calipers.
14 Fit fuel tank, contents sender unit and fuel pump to chassis.
15 Fit 5/16 copper fuel line to chassis (leading from tank to offside of engine compartment) with 7 clips.
16 Fit engine mountings
17 Fit bush to gearbox
18 Using an engine crane (included with engine delivery) install engine and gearbox as one unit (less carburettors and exhaust) on 3 mounting points.
19 Install Suffolk modified propshaft.
20 Install radiator mounting hoop, aluminium radiator, electric cooling fan, and water hoses..
21 Fit exhaust manifolds and Suffolk 6 part stainless steel exhaust system.
22 Fit 4 special splined wheel hubs with wheel nuts and dummy brake drums.
23 Fit Suffolk SS100 18" road wheels with Blockley 5.50x18 6ply tyres.
24 Fit handed L/h and R/h 'SS' logo wheel spinners
25 Drop body onto chassis (lifting assistance provided on delivery)
26 Install chrome radiator shell onto the mounting hoop
27 Fit 4 handmade aluminium bonnet panels over engine compartment
28 Arrange trimming for interior with Suffolk Sportscars, or your nominated trim specialist (we can supply a half trim kit, comprising seats and door cards complete, and remaining leather and carpet to trim the rest of the vehicle.)
29 Install wiring loom (the correct position and location of terminals is determined by using Suffolk diagrams as shown in the Customer Build Manual)
30 Install handbrake and handbrake cable
31 Install floorboard set, transmission and prop shaft tunnels
32 Fit seat runners
33 Fit Jaguar engine with all operational ancillaries: coil, distributor, alternator, carburettors, manifolds etc.
34 Fit 4 bonnet catches to the bonnet including 4 hold down fasteners to chassis rail
35 Fit windscreen wiper spindles
36 Install instruments & switches into predrilled dashboard
37 Fit hood mountings & rear hood rests
38 Fit steering column & indicator stalk
39 Fit carpets & door linings
40 Fit door locks & latches
41 Fit windscreen & mirrors
42 Fit hood frame & mohair hood
43 Fit dummy fuel tank vent
44 Fit spare wheel to chassis mounting
45 Fit lamp bar, front valance & starting handle eye
46 Fit radiator cap & badge
47 Fit steering wheel & boss
48 Fit headlights, front lamps, rear lamps, side lights & indicators
49 Fit tonneau cover & hood bag
50 Fit rear view mirror
51 Check ALL fluid levels carefully before starting engine.
52 Fit battery and turn ignition on
53 BEFORE DRIVING: Check oil pressure; water temperature; brake pedal pressure .
54 Arrange MOT test.
The Suffolk SS100 Jaguar is the ideal combination of the authenticity of a 1930s Jaguar sports car, mixed with modern engineering and technology, to provide the most exhilarating driving experience.
Under the completely accurate 1937 SS Jaguar 100 coachwork and visual appearance, lies something rather different and better than the 1930s equipment. A bespoke designed and meticulously-built MIG welded box section steel chassis, which carries full Jaguar running gear and mechanicals. With a 4.2 litre XK twin cam straight-6 engine, servo assisted disc brakes, rack and pinion steering and adjustable coilover suspension - it has a performance and handling that excels its appearance, and indeed many of it's competitors.
When we build a Suffolk SS100, we always build the car to a bespoke customer specification, meaning that when you order a car, you can choose from an infinite number of paint and trim combinations, as well as a wide range of optional equipment and special order items, to create a car that is truly one of a kind.
On the road the Suffolk has all the feel of a much more modern sports car, and with engine output between 200-300bhp, in a car weighing approximately 1250kg, it has the performance to match one too.
The cars have proved to compete well in Hillclimbs and track days against many a more modern car, but are also supremely comfortable from within the passenger compartment, so that one can easily feel comfortable travelling a few hundred miles in a single day without discomfort.
The car can be specified to order in LHD or RHD and can be ordered with manual or automatic transmissions. The engine can also be specified with different capacities and power outputs.
We are pleased to be able to build a Suffolk SS100 Jaguar reproduction to a customer order and offer a 12 month guarantee against the specific failure of any mechanical part. We undertake to supply replacement parts on an exchange basis only. Cars requiring labour as part of their 12 month guarantee can be returned to our works at the customer's cost, so that the repair can be carried out for free.
We also offer a 10 year guarantee against corrosion of the chassis or bodywork (UK only).
Completed cars are supplied with the latest British Department of Transport Vehicle Registration Document V5C and a 12 month MOT certificate.
We can also register our cars as new 2017 vehicles via and SVA test and then transferrable cherished registrations can be applied to the cars for UK use.
Each Suffolk SS100 Jaguar is constructed using the original vehicle identity complete with fully rebuilt mechanical parts from a Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series II or III. However, we can also use 1964-1968 Jaguar S Type identity and mechanical parts that can simplify registration regulations in certain countries.
We have exported completed cars to most European countries and also to the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Catalytic converters are not necessary but can be fitted where local regulations require.
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