Overview
Produced: 1968-1992, 4116 produced.
Types: Limousine

Perhaps one of the most popular and recognisable post-war British limousines first appeared in 1968, the Daimler DS420. No royal wedding or state procession would be complete without a long line of these stately cars quietly wafting along. Production of the DS420 lasted until 1992 and many of the 4116 examples were exported to embassies, foreign royal households and business users.

The DS420 was originally constructed on a modified Jaguar 420G floorpan and featured the same cars 4.2 litre, twin cam six cylinder engine. All models had automatic gearboxes, independent suspension and thankfully power steering. Although most DS420s were built as closed limousines a handful of open landaulettes were also built to special order.

Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
4235ccS6 DOHCJaguar XK92.07mm x 106mm8
Fuel System
TypeNumberCapacityComment
SU2
Transmission
TypeGearsComment
Automatic3
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
109 mph15 mpg245 bhp 5000
Brakes
FrontRearComment
DiscInboard disc
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
058 Daimler DS 420 Limousine H&H Sales Limited 31 Oct 2012 £3248.00 -
070 Daimler DS 420 Limousine H&H Sales Limited 31 Oct 2012 £3360.00 -
063 Daimler Limousine DS420 Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 26 Sep 2012 £2600.00 -
062 Daimler Limousine DS420 Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 26 Sep 2012 £2500.00 -
65 Daimler DS 420 Limousine H&H Sales Limited 19 Apr 2012 - £8960.00
'64 Daimler DS420 Limousine Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 11 May 2011 £6100.00 -
'17 Triumph Stag Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 11 May 2011 £1900.00 -
409 1971 Dax 'AC Cobra 427' Replica
Coachwork by D J Sportscars
Bonhams 13 Sep 2008 Not sold
010 1979 DAIMLER DS 420 LANDAULETTE H&H Sales Limited 20 Jun 2007 Not sold
109 Daimler Sovereign 4.0 Barons 1 May 2007 £1000.00 -
042 1984 DAIMLER DS 420 LIMOUSINE H&H Sales Limited 24 May 2006 Not sold
26 Daimler DS 420 Limousine BCA 11 Apr 2006 - £6450.00
27 Daimler DS 420 Limousine BCA 11 Apr 2006 - £5912.00
67 DAIMLER DS 420 LIMOUSINE Christies 11 Feb 2006 Not sold
111 Daimler Sovereign (420) Barons 1 Nov 2005 £3000.00 -
46 Daimler DS420 Limousine BCA 1 Aug 2005 - £3762.00
42 Daimler Sovereign Saloon Christies 11 Jun 2005 Not sold
039 1992 DAIMLER DS420 LIMOUSINE H&H Sales Limited 8 Jun 2005 £17000.00 -
657 Daimler D420 Sovereign Lambert & Foster 26 May 2005 Not sold
10 Daimler Sovereign BCA 25 Apr 2005 Not sold
43 Daimler Sovereign BCA 21 Feb 2005 Not sold
057 Daimler Sovereign BCA 4 Oct 2004 - £1150.00
652 Daimler DS420 Hearse Cheffins 2 Oct 2004 £3000.00 -
1508 Daimler DS420 Limousine Bonhams & Butterfields 13 Aug 2004 - $12650.00
025 Daimler Sovereign BCA 31 Jul 2004 - £2300.00
087 Daimler DS420 Limousine H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 2004 £800.00 -
051 Daimler Sovereign H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 2004 £1300.00 -
1153 Daimler 420 Saloon Coys 3 Jul 2004 Not sold
959 Daimler DS420 Hearse Cheffins 12 Jun 2004 £2600.00 -
140 Daimler Sovereign 4.0 Barons 25 May 2004 - £2050.00
704 Daimler Vanden Plas (1977) Cheffins 7 Jun 2003 £500.00 -
009 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1968) H&H Sales Limited 4 Jun 2003 - £5375.00
515 Daimler 4.2 Litre Vanden Plas (1976) Lambert & Foster 15 May 2003 Not sold
602 Daimler (1969) Bonhams 28 Apr 2003 Not sold
070 Daimler FF 4 Wheel Drive (1972) H&H Sales Limited 9 Apr 2003 Not sold
011 Daimler 420 Saloon (1968) H&H Sales Limited 9 Apr 2003 Not sold
033 Daimler 4.2 SII (1973) BCA 7 Apr 2003 - £2033.00
032 Daimler (1969) BCA 7 Apr 2003 Not sold
083 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) H&H Sales Limited 19 Feb 2003 Not sold
019 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1969) H&H Sales Limited 19 Feb 2003 Not sold
040 Daimler Saloon (1969) H&H Sales Limited 2 Oct 2002 - £7455.00
055 Daimler 4.2 Lwb (1978) BCA 5 Aug 2002 Not sold
209 Daimler (1971) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Jun 2002 £1050.00 -
009 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) H&H Sales Limited 29 May 2002 - £2150.00
622 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) Lambert & Foster 16 May 2002 Not sold
003 Daimler SI 4.2 (1972) Peter Francis 14 May 2002 Not sold
930 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1981) Bonhams 22 Apr 2002 £10200.00 -
062 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1969) H&H Sales Limited 10 Apr 2002 Not sold
006 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) BCA 8 Apr 2002 - £1600.00
032 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) BCA 8 Apr 2002 - £1900.00
002 Daimler SI 4.2 (1972) BCA 3 Dec 2001 - £1070.00
904 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1981) Cheffins 1 Dec 2001 Not sold
009 Daimler (1969) BCA 24 Sep 2001 Not sold
202 Daimler 4.2 Lwb (1972) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Sep 2001 £700.00 -
029 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1969) H&H Sales Limited 25 Jul 2001 £500.00 -
207 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1976) RTS Auctions Ltd 17 Jun 2001 £850.00 -
330 Daimler SII (1974) Lambert & Foster 14 Jun 2001 Not sold
007 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1973) BCA 21 May 2001 Not sold
062 Daimler XJ6 (1970) Barons 17 Apr 2001 Not sold
756 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1968) Cheffins 7 Apr 2001 Not sold
756 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1968) Cheffins 7 Apr 2001 Not sold
016 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1972) Peter Francis 3 Apr 2001 Not sold
042 Daimler (1968) BCA 26 Mar 2001 - £9025.00
047 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) Barons 13 Mar 2001 Not sold
057 Daimler 4.2 S1 (1970) Barons 13 Mar 2001 Not sold
012 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1979) Poulain LeFur 26 Feb 2001 FF50000.00 -
366 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) Bonhams & Brooks 26 Feb 2001 - £7475.00
041 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1971) H&H Sales Limited 14 Feb 2001 £600.00 -
046 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1987) BCA 29 Jan 2001 £5885.00 -
036 Daimler Jaguar 420 Sovereign (1969) Barons 19 Dec 2000 £2300.00 -
518 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1969) Bonhams & Brooks 16 Nov 2000 - £6900.00
043 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1992) Barons 10 Oct 2000 - £7508.00
009 Daimler (1969) BCA 9 Oct 2000 - £4280.00
805 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1969) Brooks 27 Jul 2000 - £4945.00
063 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1969) H&H Sales Limited 26 Jul 2000 Not sold
226 Daimler (1971) RTS Auctions Ltd 14 May 2000 Not sold
457 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1983) Brooks 28 Feb 2000 - £2415.00
430 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1969) Brooks 26 Oct 1999 - £9545.00
460 Daimler SI (1972) Brooks 12 Sep 1999 Not sold
063 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1989) BCA 21 Jun 1999 £7500.00 -
032 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1987) Telford Motor Auctions Ltd 12 Jun 1999 - -
053 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) H&H Sales Limited 9 Jun 1999 £1000.00 -
222 Daimler DS420 (1975) RTS Auctions Ltd 18 Apr 1999 £1400.00 -
027 Daimler (1969) BCA 12 Apr 1999 £7200.00 -
251 Daimler DS420 (1975) RTS Auctions Ltd 14 Feb 1999 £1800.00 -
019 Daimler DS420 (1976) Poulain LeFur 14 Dec 1998 FF135000.00 -
087 Daimler 4.2 Litre Coupe (1977) BCA 14 Dec 1998 Not sold
050 Daimler (1968) H&H Sales Limited 18 Nov 1998 £6700.00 -
048 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1984) BCA 12 Oct 1998 Not sold
017 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1970) BCA 12 Oct 1998 Not sold
054 Daimler (1969) H&H Sales Limited 22 Jul 1998 £5000.00 -
052 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) H&H Sales Limited 8 Apr 1998 £5100.00 -
314 Daimler (1970) Sothebys 30 Mar 1998 Not sold
021 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1971) AMA 16 Mar 1998 Not sold
050 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1971) BCA 23 Feb 1998 £1500.00 -
058 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1987) BCA 23 Feb 1998 £10750.00 -
003 Daimler 420 Sovereign (1969) H&H Sales Limited 19 Nov 1997 Not sold
057 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) H&H Sales Limited 19 Nov 1997 Not sold
410 Daimler Coupe (1976) Kruse 15 Nov 1997 Not sold
401 Daimler (1969) Kruse 15 Nov 1997 £2250.00 -
420 Daimler (1969) Kruse 15 Nov 1997 Not sold
010 Daimler Coupe (1977) BCA 6 Oct 1997 Not sold
209 Daimler Saloon (1972) Sothebys 29 Sep 1997 £3900.00 -
029 Daimler 4.2 Litre Coupe (1975) BCA 11 Aug 1997 £3000.00 -
235 Daimler 4.2 Litre Vanden Plas (1976) RTS Auctions Ltd 29 Jun 1997 Not sold
026 Daimler (1969) H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 1997 £6000.00 -
012 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1978) Parkes 12 Apr 1997 Not sold
098 Daimler SI (1970) BCA 7 Apr 1997 £2800.00 -
002 Daimler (1974) BCA 7 Apr 1997 Not sold
051 Daimler 420 Saloon (1969) H&H Sales Limited 26 Feb 1997 Not sold
047 Daimler Lwb (1975) H&H Sales Limited 26 Feb 1997 £4600.00 -
215 Daimler XJC Coupe (1977) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 Not sold
210 Daimler XJ6 SII (1975) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 £3000.00 -
247 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1974) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 £3650.00 -
241 Daimler (1969) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 £3200.00 -
231 Daimler (1969) RTS Auctions Ltd 16 Feb 1997 £1950.00 -
009 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1970) BCA 10 Feb 1997 £2600.00 -
019 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1977) H&H Sales Limited 27 Nov 1996 £3100.00 -
232 Daimler (1969) RTS Auctions Ltd 9 Nov 1996 £4100.00 -
029 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1969) Sandown 21 Sep 1996 £3500.00 -
024 Daimler (1969) ADT 12 Aug 1996 - £4568.00
010 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1972) H&H Sales Limited 5 Jun 1996 £2200.00 -
002 Daimler Coupe (1977) Coys 30 Apr 1996 - £690.00
535 Daimler 4.2 Lwb (1977) Lambert & Foster 25 Apr 1996 Not sold
072 Daimler (1969) Sandown 20 Apr 1996 Not sold
080 Daimler 420 (1969) Sandown 20 Apr 1996 Not sold
052 Daimler (1969) H&H Sales Limited 17 Apr 1996 Not sold
062 Daimler (1969) H&H Sales Limited 17 Apr 1996 Not sold
028A Daimler Limousine (1972) H&H Sales Limited 23 Nov 1995 Not sold
028 Daimler Coupe (1975) H&H Sales Limited 21 Sep 1995 Not sold
049 Daimler SI 4.2 (1971) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 Not sold
012 Daimler 4.2 S1 (1973) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 Not sold
060 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1975) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 Not sold
252 Daimler Coupe (1976) Sothebys 8 May 1995 Not sold
037 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1988) Coys 21 Mar 1995 Not sold
011 Daimler 4.2 Litre Coupe (1977) H&H Sales Limited 23 Feb 1995 £2500.00 -
006 Daimler DS420 Limousine (1986) Coys 24 Jan 1995 Not sold
078 Daimler 420 (1968) ADT 28 Nov 1994 Not sold
019 Daimler (1969) H&H Sales Limited 17 Nov 1994 Not sold
589A Daimler Saloon (1970) Sothebys 17 Oct 1994 Not sold
096 Daimler 420 (1968) ADT 3 Oct 1994 £800.00 -
036 Daimler 4.2 Ltr (1972) H&H Sales Limited 15 Sep 1994 Not sold
382 Daimler (1969) Sothebys 5 Sep 1994 Not sold
052 Daimler 250 V8 (1972) H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 1994 Not sold
014 Daimler 4.2 Litre Limousine (1976) H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 1994 £550.00 -
087 Daimler (1970) ADT 18 Jul 1994 Not sold
159 Daimler (1969) Brooks 27 Apr 1994 £2600.00 -
061 Daimler (1976) ADT 11 Apr 1994 Not sold
099 Daimler Dingo Baja (1972) ADT 7 Dec 1993 £3600.00 -
014 Daimler (1968) ADT 6 Dec 1993 £2600.00 -
019 Daimler (1968) ADT 11 Oct 1993 Not sold
Magazine Articles
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Article Twin Test - Lap of luxury
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Publication Classic Car Mart November 2010
Twin Test - Lap of luxury - With their prestige badges and big-engined power, these upmarket Brits were for the wealthy few back in the Sixties.  But which is today's top buy? Paul Guinness investigates. Daimler vs Vanden Plas.
Article Room at the top
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Publication Jaguar Enthusiast September 2008
Room at the top- For sheer spaciousness and utter English dignity, the Daimler DS420 Limousine has never been matched by any other Jaguar product.
Article Prestige for Peanuts
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Publication Jaguar Enthusiast January 2004
Prestige for Peanuts - Nigel Thorley evaluates a stately Limousine that must these days represent incredible value for money - and it's powered by Jaguar.
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