Lot 128 - 1978 Daimler Sovereign Convertible (Long wheelbase)
|Odometer reading||48,500 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
Probably the earliest known example of a convertible XJ was a series I specially prepared for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Mauritius in 1972, apparently it was converted out in Mauritius. Cabriolet International, based in Blackpool, followed the same four door theme but to a far superior design. Starting with a Jaguar XJ6 Series II or Series III saloon, they cut the steel from the roof, leaving around three inches of the original roof in place around the door frames and windscreen. They then fitted a cross beam between the two 'B' pillars, which created a very strong structure for a four door car and also meant that when the roof was closed it was hardly distinguishable from a standard saloon from a distance. With the hood open the occupants could experience open top comfort but within the virtual safety of the normal saloon. Cabriolet International's hood mechanism had quite an advantage over some of the other coachbuilders converting Jaguar XJ6's in that when the hood is open it laid flat on the rear parcel shelf thereby not obscuring the rear view as much as some conversions.
This 1978 Daimler Sovereign long wheelbase was converted by Cabriolet International Ltd and, it is believed in the early 1980s, then restored in 2013. Fitted with a replacement engine, the more economical 4.2 litre, straight six unit in 2014, this Daimler Sovereign is finished in pale blue with dark blue convertible top and magnolia leather interior. It comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2015 and a file containing a number of recent invoices and articles relating to Cabriolet International convertibles. This unusual Daimler convertible is an ideal car giving the benefit of open air motoring with the luxury of the Daimler Sovereign saloon.
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