Auction is LIVE now, and finishes on 22nd May at - details above
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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