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Lord K's Garage - #24. 1935 S.S. AIRLINE SALOON

Just before the famous Leaping Jaguar jumped on the hood of William Lyons' cars, they were known as S.S. - Standard Specials, if you like.

One car that William Lyons was not fond of was the Airline Saloon - he regarded it as a passing fashion and was correct. Streamlining wasn't in fashion in the UK so the more modern Airline Saloon kept flowing wings and separate headlamps but had a rounded tail usually referred to as a fastback. The windows also extended to the rear and it had a boot. Maximum speed was 80 mph from the standard sidevalve engine, shortly to be superseded by OHV units instead. The car was only produced for two years. Today it is a sought after model.

'Airline' body style was not unique: there were Bentleys, Hillmans and MGs with similar outlines.

SS Airline is beautiful, beyond any doubt.

Most of the images, if not all of them, feature the 1935 model. There was also a much rarer 1936 Airline with redesigned rear part.

Sic transit gloria mundi.


Special thanks to Jag Lovers (text & images)

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Comment by Izzie Gonzalez on February 14, 2010 at 10:28pm
Imagine a time when cars like these were commonplace. The world has become a very bland place...
Comment by Tome Wilson on February 12, 2010 at 1:28pm
The engine is so far ahead of the cab, that if you hit something head on, you probably wouldn't know about it for at least five minutes.

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