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This spectacular 9,395 mile virtually factory-gate condition Daimler Sovereign is owned by Chris Wilson of Armagh in Northern Ireland. It’s a local vehicle that was originally purchased new in 1977 by (believe it or not) a Mr John Smith, who ran the local Austin Rover dealership.
It’s safe to say that John was quite the car enthusiast. Besides being into his motorsport (as a driver), he also built up a big collection. For various reasons, John moved on, leaving more than twenty fine cars in the family garage. John’s daughter has been gradually disposing of the fleet ever since. The Daimler was the last to be sold, as it was the closest one to her heart. That sale, to Chris, happened around four months ago.
Now Chris needs to move the car on to finance some essential building work. The recommissioning work he has had done on it includes an engine service, brake overhaul, full electrical check and replacement of suspension bushes where necessary.
The vast majority of XJ6s, and Sovereigns in particular, came with three-speed automatic gearboxes. Very unusually, the car that is being auctioned here has a Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive on 3rd and top. In period, Jaguar and Daimler test cars sent out to car journalists were almost always automatics as it was felt that this was a better fit with the nature of the car. The manual box was a beefy affair that was as far from ‘snicky’ as it’s possible to get, but today that he-man character plus its rarity only add interest to what, in terms of specification and condition, may well be a unique vehicle.
How many used car ads have you seen telling you that such and such a colour is ‘the best’ colour for that particular car. Colour appeal is subjective, so there can’t really be a ‘best’ one, but it must be said that Regency Red is incredibly well suited to the dynamic lines of the Series II. In this case it’s complemented by a gold coachline, a period touch from an earlier period really, but one that’s sufficiently understated to avoid tackiness.
This car is one of the extended wheelbase models that came in with the Series II range. Fortunately that is the case, because it does address the only real issue with the early XJ6/Sov cars, which was a slight shortage of legroom for back-seat passengers.
We haven’t talked much about the car’s condition so far, because quite frankly there’s not much you can say apart from ‘wow’. The word that regularly comes up in any conversation with owner Chris about the originality or otherwise of any of the parts on this car is ‘untouched’. We’d add ‘exceptional’. It’s pretty much exactly as it came out of the factory.
The paint is rich and lustrous and all the chrome looks immaculate. The shutlines are as tight as any Browns Lane production line worker would ever remember. The door latches and striker plates look new, and the traditionally manky A-, B- and C-post areas behind the doors are as shiny and clean as the bits that are on public display.
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I have had this car for 4yrs spent £2500 on brakes and new master cylinder etc solid all round car no longer needs a mot but happy to have one done blue trim radio conversion starts first time runs great had some work done by Classic & Performance Car rev counter and speedo plus new oil pressure switch .....
Daimler sovereign 420 1967 automatic 22k on the clock best colour scheme signal red paint cream leather red piping full webesto sliding roof drives lovely very presentable as his but could do with a little TLC last owner 27yrs moted taxed on the button over 25k bills for work done over the years done .....
Due to lack of time to complete restauration I want to sell my Daimler Sovereign Coupe.
Bought this car in 2012 and enjoyed driving for 2 years before I decided to start its restauration.
The complete interior is taken out. Parts are cleaned and stored dry. Carbs, AED unit, brakebooster, master cylinder, .....
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Body: good, with rust on driver’s door and few minor areas
Underbody: no serious rust issues
Upholstery: good to very good. Re-upholstered .....
*** AB MOTORS Top Quality Vehicle ***
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Morris Leslie Vehicle Auctions are pleased to announce this lot will be offered for sale in our forth coming auction of classic vehicles on Saturday 25th May at our Perthshire auction centre, over 200 expected entries. Please visit http://www.morrisleslie.com for full pictured catalogue.
A rare example of an extremely collectable classic car. Painted in a special-order coral/gold colour, this superb Daimler has been with its current owner for over 18 years and comes with an extensive history.
Following some time in storage, this stunning classic car was recommissioned in 2014 and .....