Jaguar first introduced the XJ saloon in 1968. With the new range well received, they added the Daimler version the following year. Success continued through the 1970s, when in 1979 the facelifted Series III, based on the already popular Series II, was reworked by world famous design house Pininfarina. Changes for the Series III included items such as thicker rubber impact bumpers (to ensure US-market safety compliance) with chrome along the top edge, redesigned door handles, front door quarter light delete and a vertical vane grille.
In 1972, Jaguar added the fabulously smooth and quiet 5.3-litre V12 or 'Daimler Double-Six' engine. At the time of the Series III, the engine benefited from Bosch fuel injection and produced 285BHP, propelling the hefty executive saloon to 60 mph in an impressive 8.3 seconds.
With the design taken care of at the hands of the Italians and plenty of V12 grunt under the vast bonnet, this remains a seriously compelling package and highly desirable collectors’ car. The Daimler Double Six dispensed with the pomp of rivals such as Rolls Royce and just quietly got down to business. Understated quality and style.
The example we have here is a 1988 model, in beautiful cobalt blue. Adding to its prestige status is the special-order interior of blue piped cream leather seats, which work superbly with the stunning exterior colour. The unique specification is believed to have been ordered by a Jaguar Director of the time.
The current owner has unfortunately only owned the car since October 2020 and had intended retain it as a keeper. However, a significant and unexpected house project has forced the sale of this Daimler.
Prior to this, it had spent over 20 years with one enthusiastic owner and in total it has had only 6 owners from new. The condition reflects the care each owner bestowed the car, with a fully documented service history to further evidence that this is a particularly fine example of the Daimler Double Six.
Reading through the documentation, it was and remains an enthusiasts club car, having attended and been displayed at numerous Jaguar and Daimler events over the years.
The documentation accompanying this Daimler is extensive and evidences the significant and meticulous maintenance undertaken to keep it in super condition throughout. Equally, the professional bodywork repairs rectifying a few common areas of corrosion, also make for a stunning exterior in that beautiful cobalt blue.
The service history is all you could hope for with a fully stamped service booklet, books, manuals and charming original sales brochure to accompany the car, together with receipts for various parts and work over the years.
Honestly, it is simply beautiful. As previously mentioned, it was a special order of cream leather, piped with blue to compliment the cobalt blue exterior paint. And it just works. The combination is a stroke of excellence and makes for a fabulous place to sit. Topped off by the accents of chrome and wood trim throughout.
Generally, the upholstery, carpets, trims and fittings are all in great condition. The most notable signs of age and light wear are on the driver’s seat, which shows light signs of aging to the leather. However, that’s not a negative point, the light patina in the leather is evidence of the car having been used and enjoyed but does not show any heavy cracking or rips as you might find on higher mileage cars. The remaining seats are in super condition and the same can be said for all other contact points throughout the interior.
There are a few noted items for improvement, including the speedo being intermittent and the central locking currently only working on the key, rather than the fob. The radio works without issue, but the owner reports that the CD disc changer (located in the boot) is intermittent in selecting the CDs.
The only other interior imperfection is a very slight roof line sagging.
All remaining controls, heating and switches all appear to be working correctly and in a good visual condition. Glass throughout the car is clear with no notable unsightly scratches or marking. The sunroof operates smoothly without issue.
Our favourite features are the beautifully appointed central console with the prominent wooden automatic gear selector and the charming pop-up vanity mirror in the passenger glove compartment.
Again, we mention the cobalt blue bodywork. In our opinion one of the finest colours for this super saloon.
The paint across the car is in fine condition and polishes to a high shine. The owner reports that common areas of corrosion in the rear arches have been addressed in its lifetime and remain in great condition. Again, the sills are free from the dreaded tin worm too.
The underside has light surface rust commensurate with age, but nothing that stands out as requiring attention.
All lights, trims, plastics and fixings are all in great condition with no signs of damage and the chrome trim and rubber bumpers are all in great shape, with only the lightest signs of stone chips. Again, they clean to a lovely shine, complimenting the deep blue bodywork.
All tyres appear to be in very good condition, with plenty of remaining tread. The silver alloy wheels with their Daimler logos present very well, though the two rear wheels have some aging to the paint and could be refurbished to bring them back to a factory finish.
As previously noted, the service history backs up the mechanical and running condition of this Double Six, which has resulted in the car driving brilliantly, with no known mechanical gremlins.
The engine bay is free from any signs of leaks or excess oil. Most recently a minor exhaust gas leak has been rectified.
The wonderful sounding V12 is super smooth and picks up very well. When on the move, the car shows no signs of issues regarding starting, manoeuvring, stopping and shutting off the engine. Equally there are no rattles or squeaks from the suspension. It’s whisper quiet and wafts along the road as you’d expect.
The Daimler Double Six has long been a special model and this one easily lives up to that reputation. The combination of its deep blue exterior and luxurious special-order interior leaves you in no doubt that this is something a cut above.
These range-topping cars are simply quality and style, without the drama or unnecessary showmanship.
Naturally, this fine example could be used for wedding duties or other events, but equally it could easily be used for any occasion (including nipping to the shops) as a subtle statement of character, passion and individuality.
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