SS120 by Finch

Finch SS120 Pacific CoupeFinch SS120 Pacific Coupe

 

The Evolutionary Finch SS120

William Lyons was developing the successful series of SS90 and SS100 sports-cars when interrupted by WWII.

Eight years later after WWII, in 1948, Lyons launched the XK120 as the show-car for the new Jaguar 3.4 litre XK engine. The first XK120s were hand-built with aluminium bodies on ash frames mounted on modified Jaguar Mark V chassis.

What if SS100 production had not been interrupted, and Lyons further developed the SS90/SS100 series on the SS100 or Mk V chassis? Perhaps, Lyons might have evolved an ‘SS120’ eight years earlier than the XK120. The 3.4 litre XK engine might then have been an engine upgrade to the SS120.

In the late 1930s, just prior to the war, contemporary vehicles to the Lyons' Coupe were the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic and the Mercedes 540K Autobahn Kruiser. At the 1938 Earls Court Motor Shown, Lyons presented his newly developed prototype SS100 Coupe demonstrating that he had a vision for competing against his European counterparts.

Finch is pleased to offer our beautiful SS120 range of vehicles with styling contemporary to the classic and highly desirable vehicles of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Our ‘what-if’ car - the evolution of the SS100 that might have been.

 

SS120 Component Specification

The chassis is a shortened Mk5 steel ladder frame or optionally a newly fabricated XK120 chassis. Front and rear axles are period Jaguar assemblies, kindly donated by deceased Jaguar saloons.

The Finch SS120 driveline comprises a 4.2 litre Jaguar XK engine and Tremec T5 five-speed gearbox. The body and guards are of all metal construction.

 SS120 Saoutchik RoadsterFinch SS120 Saoutchik Roadster

 

Please note that some visual features are subject to ongoing design and styling refinement. Bespoke colour options are infinitely variable within the spectrum of automotive paints.

SS120 Technical Specification

Chassis  MkV (or XK120 option) Steel Ladder Frame
Axle Front Mk V
Axle Rear  Mk V or Mk IX 
Engine  Jaguar XK6 dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) inline 6-cylinder
Gearbox 5 speed Tremec
Body Modified steel Mk V body
Mudguards  Steel or aluminium depending on option

Finch SS100 Concours Winner

The Finch SS100 recreation winning the Australian Concours d' Elegance.

The Finch SS100 recreation winning the Australian Concours d' Elegance.

(CC BY-SA 3.0 AU Finch Motor Co.)

SS120 Variants

Finch SS120 Open Two-Seater Roadster

 

SS120 Open Two-Seater Roadster

The Finch SS120 is a 1940's-styled evolution of the 1930's SS100 with an all metal body and mohair hood.
Finch SS120 Lyons Convertible

 

SS120 Lyons Convertible

The Finch SS120 is also offered as a convertible with a removable hard-top.
Finch SS120 Lyons Coupe

 

SS120 Lyons Coupe

In 1938, William Lyons presented to the public his prototype for a new SS100 Coupe at the Earls Court Motor Show. Only one vehicle was ever built. Finch offers the SS120 with many of the styling features of the Lyons coupe.
Finch SS120 Saouthchik Roadster

 

SS120 Saouthchik Roadster

Jacques Saoutchik's top-class French coachbuilding company became famous in the 1930s for their high quality and often extravagant designs. Finch is pleased to offer the SS120 with many of the styling features of Saoutchik.
Finch SS120 Pacific Coupe

 

SS120 Pacific Coupe

In the late 1930s, contemporary vehicles to the Lyons' Coupe were the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic and the Mercedes 540K Autobahn Kruiser. Finch is pleased to offer the beautiful SS120 Pacific Coupe with contemporary styling to these classic and highly desirable vehicles.
Finch SS120 Pacific Coupe with Saoutchik guards

 

SS120 Pacific Coupe - Saoutchik Guards

The Finch SS120 Pacific Coupe is also offered with Saoutchik's swooping front and rear guards.