Evaluation: Represented as one of the three 1938 RAC Rally works team entries and is one of circa 112 3½-Litre cars. Represented as matching numbers (somewhat rare for an SS 100) and Bonhams states “Believed the car driven by E H Jacobs in the 1938 RAC Rally”. In current family ownership since 1980. Good paint from 1990, but the chassis has layers of paint over surface rust. The wheels are poorly painted, rusty and chipped. The knock-ons follow suit with surface pitting and marks. The hood top and frame are very aged and tired. The interior disappoints too with a very aged patina even though the leather also dates from 1990.
Bottom Line: The SS 100 is one of prettiest and most desirable of prewar sports cars and this one has commendable history. It deserves to have its neglected condition addressed, and this result takes both history and condition into account. Hopefully a sympathetic full restoration is in the near future.