You and I are probably never going to drive a real 1939 Jaguar SS100. In #1 condition, they can go for a million bucks. If you like the shape and the very-open-air driving experience, however, you can come surprisingly close for a little money. Find this 1939 Jaguar SS100 "Duke" Replica here for sale in Bennington, NE for $7,950 via craigslist.
Manufactured by Classic Roadsters of Fargo, ND, this car looks to have the underpinnings of a 2.3 liter Ford product, likely a Mustang II. No, you aren't going to be fooling too many enthusiasts wearing those steel-belted radials and tacky steering wheel, but you can improve upon both of those items relatively easily if you are the new owner. Given what was available to create it, this Jag is still a darn good compromise between usability and authenticity. For the money, it is actually pretty remarkable.
Perhaps the best part about this particular replicar is its 4-speed transmission. All too often, replicas are equipped with a slushbox. There is nothing quite as disheartening as looking into the cabin of something like this and seeing the old P-R-N-D-2-1 staring back at you. Who wouldn't rather click through the gears while imagining touring the British countryside?
Nothing to see here, folks. Just a Pinto engine and a plastic OOh-gah horn.
How close is the driving experience to that of a real SS Jaguar 100SS? We will never know, but we can be glad the classic shape of the original is not confined to museums and garages of the uber-rich.