Lot 250 - 1978 Daimler Double-Six Coupé
|Odometer reading||71,569 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £13,000|
- Last of this model produced
- Supplied with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate
The launch of the Jaguar XJ6 in 1968 and its Daimler sister that followed 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 and with black vinyl covered roofs. Available with either the 4.2 litre straight-six XK unit or the fabulous 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 manufactured by the time production ended in 1978 with 613 built in 1977 and only six in the final year.
This sleek looking Daimler Coupé was first supplied by the franchised dealer H.R. Owen to a Mr. W A Stenson of Weybridge. Registered on 1st May 1978, VYL 33S is recorded as being the last of this model to be manufactured by the world famous manufacturer at its Browns Lane plant in Coventry. Although the paintwork would benefit from some attention, the 5.3 litre V12 engine fired into action when requested, this is borne out, even though this car is, due to age, exempt, by a recent MoT test certificate pass. The history file for this Daimler contains the current MoT test certificate which is valid until 14th August 2021. Also present are several road tax discs, previous MoT test certificates, the original manufacturers brochure, a V5C registration document, the relevant Haynes Workshop Manual, various invoices and the original ‘passport to service’. The Daimler model is noticeable by its fluted grille and this example is both historically important and good fun to drive.
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