Swallow Standard SS1
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Touring car , roadster ,sedan , coupe|
|Engine||2.05-2.7 liters Six Cylinder|
The SS 1 came in October 1931 as a two-door coupe on the market, with vinyl-covered roof and storm bars (linkage for tensioning to the top) on the sides, which gave the impression of a convertible. This had a six-cylinder in-line engine with 2054 cc displacement and 45 bhp (16 HP) or 2552 cc displacement with approximately 55 bhp (20 HP). Both engines delivered from standard including the fully assembled chassis. A four-speed gearbox with the rear wheels were driven. The top speed was 110 km / h.
The SS 1 received after a year, in the fall of 1932, a modified and significantly larger body, which could be regarded as a true four-seater. The machines became slightly stronger. From the beginning of 1933, the car was also offered as an open four-seat tourer and from the autumn of 1933 as a saloon with rear side windows instead of the chrome-plated storm rod imitations. At the same time both engine sizes improved, the lift was increased to the 106 mm used at Jaguar until 1992, yielding 2143 and 2663 cc respectively. The car drove up to 125 km / h. In 1934 Charles Needham and Sydney Light won the "Concours de Confort" with an SS 1 at the Monte Carlo Rally .
A fashionable "Airline Saloon" was in the program from the autumn of 1934, after the coupe was no longer offered officially, but nevertheless remained available on special request. From now on, the engines had two carburetors as standard and a further increased compression ratio, so that the 20 HP engine could reach almost 70 bhp. In early 1935, the Drophead coupe finally came out, which, in contrast to the Tourer on an elaborately constructed, lined and retractable in the trunk hood had.
The SS1 was the first car with an independent chassis with sporty and elegant bodies for chassis from Austin , Wolseley and Standard specialized Swallow Coach Building Co. brought out. As an indirect predecessor, the standard Swallow 16 HP unchanged chassis of the standard 16 HP "Ensign" as a sporty sedan car body model, which was created in 1935 with a few copies.
When the production of the SS 1 was discontinued in July 1935, a total of 4250 had been produced. The SS 1 of the model year 1935, which had been provided with a larger radiator grille. Successor was the SS Jaguar 2 ½ liter saloon.
Curb weight:1043 kg