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Lot 441: 1981 Daimler Sovereign

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The Daimler Sovereign is, in effect, a luxury version of the acclaimed Jaguar XJ6 and was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd alongside the Jaguar models at their factory in Browns Lane, Coventry. The main differences between the Jaguar and Daimler models are the distinctive Daimler fluted radiator grill and upgraded upholstery and interior. The Jaguar XJ6 was introduced to universal praise in September 1968 and was an instant success. The demand for the new model was such that Jaguar had difficulty in keeping pace with it initially, to the extent that even motoring journalists experienced problems in getting hold of a car to test drive! In a contemporary road test report, a head-to-head comparison was done between the Jaguar XJ6 and the then current model of Rolls Royce. The testers concluded that the "Coventry Cat" was by far the superior vehicle as regards performance, handling and ride comfort, the latter often being subsequently referred to quite justifiably as a "magic carpet ride". Jaguar/Daimler launched its final version of the original XJ6 family in 1979, the Jaguar XJ6 and Daimler Sovereign Series III. Jaguar commissioned Pininfarina to restyle the new Series III and give a more modern look to the now eleven year old design. The Series III had an increased glass area and much cleaner lines than the old Series II cars. The front had a slimmer grille, one piece rubber faced bumper and the rear had larger tail lights and matching bumper. The Series III came with only the 4.2 litre XK engine with either manual or automatic gearbox options, the smaller 3.4 litre option was no longer offered. The 4.2 engine had slightly more power than the previous car thanks to fuel injection. Following the appointment of John Egan in the early 80's Jaguar began to recover the credibility that it lost in the British Leyland days and quality started to improve. This example is interesting for a number of reasons but mainly for its straight forward perceived originality. With just one owner recorded and 57,000 miles on the clock, it has been meticulously maintained regardless of cost. The body has undergone a costly restoration in June of this year and as a result, drives exceptionally well. Accompanying the car is the owner's handbook, the original warranty card as well as various other invoices, tax discs and documents. Complete with a full years MoT and safe in the knowledge that everything that could be done, has been done, isn't it about time you sampled a little of Sir William's legacy.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number441
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberYLX 869X
Chassis numberDCALP3CC310156
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