Lot 215 - 1989 Daimler DS420 Limousine
|Odometer reading||94,150 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,560|
The Daimler Limousine DS420 is used extensively as the official state car in several countries, including the British, Danish and Swedish Royal households. Production began in 1968 replacing the DR450 which had been based on the Majestic Major. Unlike its predecessor, it had no Daimler engineering but was entirely a Jaguar product utilising the 4.2 litre version of the Jaguar XK straight-six engine. The passengers sat on a bench-seat behind the glass division in opulent comfort, the DS420's rear seat spanning over six feet in width. The dimensions of the vehicle are very similar to those of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI with which the limousine was designed to compete, although the Daimler significantly undercut the Rolls-Royce on price. The big Daimler was considered to be a fine vehicle for the cost with its Le Mans-winning Jaguar engine - the last car to use it - and bespoke construction. The British Royal Mews is now in possession of three Daimler DS420s available for Royal use on state occasions and for visiting dignitaries. The late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother had four DS420 models over the years (all registered NLT1 or NLT2), including one of the last three models to be produced in 1992 with the other two going to Queen Elizabeth II although rarely used, and the other retained by Jaguar for use in Coventry, now in the possession of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
The example presented here has been owned by the same family-run funeral business since 2001 where it has always been garaged. The condition of the interior including the leather, carpet, wood panelling and roof lining is reported to be in excellent condition throughout. All the electrics function as they should and the condition of the exterior can similarly be described as very good but with sporadic minor bubbles. The chrome is in excellent condition for its age. The tyres and hubcaps are all good and the boot still retains the spare tyre and tool kit/jack. The car comes with 16 MoT test certificates and the V5 showing three previous keepers; however, two are the same, registered as it was in the company name and the company owner's name. This late DS is reported to drive faultlessly and is ready to work or simply be enjoyed by any enthusiast/collector as this iconic car is fast becoming hard to find in such a condition.
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