Lot 255 - 1976 Daimler Sovereign Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||68,000 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
The Daimler Sovereign was a name applied by to a sequence of luxury cars built by Jaguar but carrying the Daimler badge between 1966 and 1983 and were based on contemporary Jaguar body shells, chassis and engines. Jaguar Cars took over The Daimler Company in 1960 and the 1966 Sovereign was the second Daimler to be based on a Jaguar model. Subsequent Sovereigns arose with the series I, II and III Jaguar XJ6. The V12 versions of the Daimler, available from 1972 to 1997, were named Daimler Double-Six after the original Daimler V12s. An extended wheelbase version was introduced which eventually became the standard model. From 1975, the 2.8 litre was replaced by a 3.4 litre version of the XK engine. Finally, Jaguar introduced a short-lived two-door pillarless coupé version of the Series II using the short wheelbase floorplan with Daimler versions using both six and twelve cylinder engines; the coupé has proved the most enduring. Built, as it was, in relatively low numbers but demonstrating a purity of profile that has become very sought after.
This rare 1976 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupé has been the subject of a cosmetic restoration started in 2010, it included cutting out all the rust from both inner and outer sills and fitting new panels before being repainted in its original colour of white; the restoration was completed in 2011. In 2013, the cylinder head was removed and refaced, then rebuilt with new valves and guides. This 4.2 coupé has a full and complete history from 1986 including DVLA records showing all the owners from new. Finished in white with a black everflex roof, which is fitted with a full length Webasto sunroof and dark blue leather interior, this Daimler is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2017 and a large history file containing old MoT test certificates going back to 1988, invoices starting in 1986 and photographs showing the repairs done in 2010. Daimler cars have always been associated with being luxurious and exclusive because of the royal connections, and this one is no exception.
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