Intermeccanica began building their own cars in 1959, but in 1974 the company began developing their first replica, the Squire SS100. The first prototype was built in Italy and sent to Philadelphia in 1972, but shortly thereafter disappeared and was believed to no longer exist. That was until this 1972 Squire SS100 was found in an old warehouse in Philadelphia. It has been pulled from the warehouse and can now be found here on eBay.
The Squire SS100 came about when Auto Sport Importers, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania commissioned Intermeccanica to build an American Sports car based on the Jaguar SS100′s design. After several years of development 50 cars were built, which means fewer of these car were built than the original SS100. The prototype car had several features that were unique to it. The picture above is of the car when it was new. Notice the fold down windshield, which was fitted to the prototype only. This warehouse find has the proper fold down windshield and taillight placement, meaning it is the lost prototype.
Intermeccania wasn’t a stranger to building cars that were powered by Ford, as most of their cars had some type of Ford power. This car came with Ford’s 250 cui straight six paired and could be paired with either a four speed top loader or a three speed C4 automatic. This car is believed to have its original engine and C4 transmission, but the car has been parked for most of its life. It was rarely used, as it couldn’t meet DOT requirements to be licensed, so it was parked in a barn. Eventually one of the mechanics at Auto Sport Importers purchased it. It was then moved to this warehouse, where it has been ever since.
As with the exterior of the car, the interior is also modeled after the SS100, but isn’t as attractive or polished as the real deal. It appears to be complete, but needs a good cleaning. The car was parked indoors in an attempt to keep it from getting vandalized. During its time outside, it had the spare wheel stolen and the top slashed. The wheel was replaced with an original style wheel and a new top was installed, but its long stay has left the car in need of some work.
When the seller purchased the warehouse this car was parked in, they probably had no idea that they were getting such a rare and unique automobile with it. Let’s just hope that they aren’t only seeing money signs when they look at it, but a car that was meant to be driven and enjoyed. They have gone to the trouble of getting a title for the car, so perhaps they see more than its monetary value.