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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Finch SS120 Saoutchik 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.

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..