1936 Jaguar SS100
Output: 180 bhp
0 – 60: 7.5 secs
Top Speed: 140 mph
BWK 77 or, as it is more comonly known ‘Old No.8’ due to it’s chassis number, was the first racing car from Jaguar. Although ran to start with as a private entry in the 1936 Alpine Rally, which it won, the car was seen to be a great advertisement so was adopted by Jaguar and ran as a ‘works car’ pre and post war until the advent of the XK120.
This car started as a standard car and over the years lost its wings and had a lightened chassis and even had a supercharger fitted. It raced and won at venues such as Brooklands, Shelsey Walsh Prescott and has recently competed at Goodwood.
The museum is currently developing a supercharged engine for the car with the intention to achieve 250bhp minimum from this ultra-lightweight car.