TRYING A SECOND-HANDER—A 1933 S.S.1
THE S.S. has gained a well-deserved popularity during the last few years, and this demand has had the natural reaction of maintaining the price level of second-hand models.
The car under review was borrowed from the stock of the Golden Arrow Garage, Colnbrook By-Pass, London, and was marked at £200. It was an unusual motor-car, for it consisted of a 1933 chassis as constructed by the Standard and Swallow Companies, fitted with a two-seater body made by the Golden Arrow Garage.
On the road the car handled with a solid feel. The steering was free from excessive slack, and it cornered with a complete absence of rolling. The brakes were powerful, but tended to pull slightly on the steering when applied harshly. The suspension was a fair compromise for rough and smooth surfaces, and slow and high speeds. The speedometer was not working, but the maximum speed, we should say, was between 70 and 75 m.p.h. A comfortable maximum on 3rd (Year seemed to be about 50 m.p.h., and at this speed the car cruised on top gear without effort. The petrol consumption worked out at 18 m.p.g., and the oil level showed no drop in a run of about 100 miles. The total mileage of the car was 18,000, and the cylinders had been rebored and
new pistons fitted. The tyres were worn, but would provide a good mileage yet. The battery was in good condition, turning the engine rapidly when starting, and giving plenty of current for the headlamps.
As will be seen from the photograph, the car is primarily a two-seater, but two passengers can be accommodated in the wide dickey seat. The coachwork was painted black, and was in a fair condition.
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