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Lot 119: 1981 Daimler Sovereign Saloon

The Excellence of Porsche, Coys (9 September 2007)

1981 Daimler SovereignRegistration Number: YLX 869X Chassis Number: DCALP3CC310156In effect, a luxury version of the acclaimed Jaguar XJ6, the Daimler Sovereign was manufactured by Jaguar Cars alongside its eponymous models in Browns Lane, Coventry. The main differences between the Jaguars and Daimlers were the distinctive Daimler fluted radiator grill and upgraded upholstery and interior trim. Introduced to universal praise in September 1968, the Jaguar was an instant success; demand for the new model was such that Jaguar initially had difficulty in keeping pace with it, 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 after the comopany had commissioned Pininfarina to restyle the new model 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; a slimmer grille, one piece rubber-faced bumpers and larger tail lights. It 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 - with slightly more power than the previous car thanks to fuel injection. Following the appointment of John Egan as its chairman in the early '80s, Jaguar began to recover the credibility that it had 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 originality. With just one owner recorded and 57,000 miles on the odometer, it has been meticulously maintained regardless of cost. The body has undergone a costly restoration in June of this year and the car drives exceptionally well. Accompanying it is the owner's handbook and original warranty card as well as various invoices, tax discs and documents. Complete with a full year's MoT test certificate 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 Lyon's legacy?Estimate£4,000-£6,000

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Auction The Excellence of Porsche
Coys, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire
Lot Number119
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Chassis numberDCALP3CC310156
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