The Steadman Jaguar TS100 is a rare British sportscar that was designed and built by Ottercraft in Cornwall during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. It was never intended to be a replica of the SS100 built by Swallow Sidecars in the 1930’s. It was produced as an exclusive hand-built aluminium bodied turnkey sportscar in its own right, using more modern mechanical parts and build methods.
A number of other attempts have been made to build a car in the style of or replicating the original SS100, but in most cases their styling differed considerably. Many did not use Jaguar mechanical parts and were purposefully designed kit cars with fibreglass bodies. The lower chassis sub-assembly refltects the standard twin rail design of the 1930s, with cross bracing added to improve tortional stiffness. The upper subassembly is constructed using both round & square section tubing, as opposed to a wooden ash frame. This provide a strong, secure passenger cell to which the aluminium bodywork is attached and is also fitted with a heavy aluminium firewall between the engine bay & the cockpit. The cars are fitted with either 2.8, 3.8 or 4.2 litre Jaguar XJ6 DOHC inline 6-cylinder engines, with manual or automatic transmissions. Similarly, the front and rear suspension, brakes and steering are also taken from the Jaguar XJ6. Only 28 Steadman TS100’s were built before the bank foreclosed the company in 1991.
The following, is an edited and updated article, originally written by Ottercraft, circa 1989, describing the rationale for the building of the TS100.)
“A handcrafted, aluminium bodied, Jaguar based thoroughbred, British built in the best British tradition.We make no claim that the Steadman TS100 is a replica. In appearance, however, it is a faithful reproduction of the SS-Jaguar of the 1930’s. We could very easily have produced a car that was authentic in almost every detail – but what would have been the point? It would neither have been a true SS100, nor a modern car, but a modern fake with all the disadvantages (except the looks) of a car built 75 odd years ago. We maintain therefore, that those changes which we have decided to make at the time, in the light of 50 years of development in the design, layout and construction of motor cars since the SS100 was first built, have resulted in an altogether better car. But we steadfastly retained the poise, balance and lines – and above all the individuality – of the breathtakingly beautiful car conceived by ‘Bill’ Lyons so long ago.”
This lovely example in red with black interior has the highly desirable 4.2 V12 Jaguar engine fitted. With automatic transmission, this is a fun and fast road car with volumes of torque. These are indeed rare and provide any incumbent with exhilarating performance with the style and elegance of the original SS100 Jaguar but at a fraction of the price. Not to be missed!