HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND – SIR WILLIAM AT 117

What can you say about an immortal of the international motor industry?

Sir William Lyons was born in Blackpool on September 4, 1901 – so today is his birthday.  He would have been 117.

He co-founded his sidecar building company 96 years ago today, and in 1928 moved his business to Coventry where he split from his partner.

Consider he:

Founded S.S. and Jaguar Cars

Controlled both in every facet until he retired on this day in 1972

Designed:

All Swallow and S.S. cars

The post-War Jaguar ‘MkIV’

MkV

XK120

XK140

XK150

‘Mk1’

Mk2

S-Type

MkX

420

XJ

Daimler DS420 limousine

Remarkable indeed and that is not even considering the Jaguar myth and legend which is intangible.

Happy birthday Sir William, wherever you are.

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