Lot 162 - 1976 Daimler Sovereign Series II Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||24,153 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,800|
The launch of the Jaguar XJ6 in 1968 and its Daimler sister in 1969 redefined expectations in the luxury car sector. The new model truly 'moved the goalposts', setting new standards in comfort, refinement and handling. A waiting list was quick to form and enthusiasm remained strong upon the introduction of the Series II cars in 1973. The standard or long wheelbase saloon models were joined later that year by a striking new variant; an elegant pillarless coupé, all being built on the short-wheelbase chassis with a black vinyl-covered roof and available with either the 4.2 litre straight-six XK unit or the 5.3 litre, V12. This handsome design retained the saloon's supple all-round independent coil and wishbone suspension, disc brakes and power steering. Performance was predictably strong with both variants reputedly able to exceed 120mph. Rarer than its Jaguar brother, just 1,677 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupés are thought to have been produced by the time production ended in 1978 with 613 built in 1977 and only six in the final year.
This Daimler was originally registered on 26th October 1976 and has covered a mere 24,153 miles in 40 years on British roads. The three registered keepers of this delightful car have all been from the same family and have clearly cherished her, purchased new by a Mr Bateman a Norfolk farmer and used as a second car, he passed away in 1984 leaving the car to his son who never drove it, then the vehicle passed to his son (Grandson of the original owner). The vehicle stayed in the family for Forty years and was dry stored for 32 of them only re-commissioned in 2005 for a family wedding as such, SFE 901R presents in a condition commensurate with such a low mileage example. The Old English White coachwork is virtually unmarked and is complimented by a black Everflex roof and biscuit velour interior. Mechanically, these 4.2 XK engines are strong and reliable; this one is no exception and has very good oil pressure. The interior is unmarked with the highly figured walnut dashboard, a reminder of the level of luxury this car offers. Ergonomically, Jaguars are a pleasure to drive; the stylish coupé offers a sporty look combined with a saloon ride. Supplied with a full Daimler service history, the original service books, V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 8th February 2017, this Daimler 4.2 Coupé is a splendid example of an increasingly rare model.
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