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Graber Jaguar SS 3 1/2 Ltr. Coupe
Graber Jaguar SS 3 1/2 Ltr. Coupe
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Graber bodied several Jaguars, one of which is this wonderful SS Coupe one-off. Graber fitted the SS saloon chassis (#30182X) with a two-door, two-window, five-seater coupe body for one Monsieur Michel Dionisotti of Geneva. It is believed to have been finished in black over grey with a grey leather interior and built-in radio. It has two pull-down occasional seats in the back and also has a door for skis. The car was initially fitted with large Lucas head lights, which are now replaced by smaller examples. Dionisotti paid 2,000 CHF on June 10th and was invoiced the balance of 4,200 CHF on August 22nd, 1938. The car was ultimately dispatched to Grand Garage in Switzerland.

On March 31, 1949, the car was registered in Switzerland as a 'Limousine Coupe' to Enterprise de Grads Travaux S.A. of Lausanne. In 1953, the car was registered to 'Labhart Thelma Violet' of Geneva, but was eventually believed to have been purchased by a Canadian serviceman who returned to Canada with it. By May 1956, it was owned by Brian Metcalfe of Ontario before eventually being purchased by Frederick Corp, who drove it until 1963, when he put it into storage. Some time after 1972, it was sold to Greg Baker of Windsor, Ontario. In late 1977, it was purchased by Richard Van Rozeboom of Fresno and registered in California. Dave Martin of California purchased the car in 1986, then sold it to David Gill of Chicago in 1987, who commissioned its restoration. The car was dismantled, and restoration began but was halted.

Kathy and Gerald Nell purchased the car in 1990. When RM Auto Restoration restored the car in 1994, they asked the Nells if they'd like some sloppy welds cleaned up, where Graber had extended the frame at the rear. The Nells asked the car be kept original 'and we got dinged for that at Pebble', Kathy Nell said.

The Nells bought the car in pieces but were able to amass substantial records, and they were lucky to find previous owner Fred Corp, who confirmed that it had been his car. Corp was instrumental in the correctness of the restoration. The car was returned to as-new condition at a cost of $270,000, with the exception of being painted royal blue instead of the original black and gray.

In 2010 the car was put up for auction by RM Auctions with an estimate of 500,000 to 700,000 USD. The Graber Jaguar one-off sold for $385,000. Less than a year later the car was offered again by RM Auctions at Villa d'Este with an estimate of 300,000 to 400,000 Euros.



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