Lot 247 - 1980 Daimler DS420 Limousine ex 'The Crown'
|Odometer reading||79,700 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,377|
- Featured in Netflix's The Crown
- Desirable and practical occasional seats
The DS420, popularly known as the Daimler Limousine, was the last of the large formal limousines produced by The Daimler Company Limited between 1968 and 1992, a line which reached back to the dawn of motoring. The vehicles were used extensively as official state cars in many countries, including by the British, Danish and Swedish Royal families. Originally the cars were built at the Vanden Plas works in Kingsbury, North London. Early examples bore the ‘Daimler Vanden Plas’ designation on treadplates and workshop manuals, but production moved to Jaguar in Coventry in 1979, where it continued until 1992. The move to Coventry also brought the third and most extensive facelift in the car’s life, when larger bumpers and a revised rear number-plate surround were fitted. The British Royal Mews possess three Daimler DS420s for Royal use on state occasions and general use. The late Queen Mother had four DS420 models over the years (all registered NLT 1 or NLT 2), including one of the last three cars to be produced in 1992; the other two going to Queen Elizabeth II, and the other being retained by Jaguar for use in Coventry.
This example of the DS420 was first registered on the 1st December 1980 and is presented in Royal Blue. This car’s claim to fame is that it was featured in Netflix's The Crown, and as such was used on screen by Helena Bonham Carter (as Princess Margaret) and Emma Corrin (as Princess Diana). Also used by the current owners for filming on two YouTube channels (with a combined audience of 6.5 million). Prior to its brush with celebrity, HSR 162W was used from new by two different funeral directors in Scotland. It has therefore been driven often and gently. Described as driving very well, with the occasional seats also very comfortable and practical and seatbelts now fitted to the rear seats. Selling due to space constraints, the current owners will be sad to see her go - but can always watch reruns of the period drama to fondly remember their DS420!
Guide Price £6,000 - £10,000
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