Everything is so damn charming in the country. And it’s not just because of the roadside vegetable stands and limitless supply of fresh air. From nurseries to auto mechanics, you can’t help but appreciate the local merchants who adorn their front yards with antique automotive treasures like the ones pictured here. The practice is so common that one has to wonder if the 4-wheeled lawn ornaments are a part of a town ordinance geared towards attracting New York City curmudgeons like me.
My head nearly snapped clean off my neck upon spotting this late 1930s Jaguar SS 100 slowly turning to lawn mulch in the front yard of this quaint Riverhead auto mechanic. The SS 100 was, after all, the brand’s first sports car and only about 300 were known to have been built. Examples in good condition have fetched well in excess of $250,000 at high end auctions from the likes of Bonhams and Gooding.
My excitement quickly turned to disappointment once I got a closer look however. The hubcaps and aftermarket Alpine head unit, among other things, made me think this is yet another kit car designed to imitate an original. A simple google search confirmed my suspicions as I quickly found many attempts to clone to the legendary Jaguar roadster produced during the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company era of the company.
Lots more vintage car porn from the country after the jump.