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Lot 615: Daimler Sovereign 4.2-Litre Series II Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia, Bonhams (19 November 2008)

Outwardly distinguishable from its Coventry sibling only by the marque�s traditional fluted radiator grille and different badging, the Daimler Sovereign that appeared a year after the Jaguar XJ6�s launch was in effect a top-of-the-range model, with most optional extras incorporated as standard. The XJ6 had been launched to much acclaim in 1968, refining concepts embodied by previous Jaguar saloons to create a car rivalling the best offered by Mercedes-Benz. The six-cylinder XK engine was available in either 2.8-litre or 4.2-litre forms initially, the latter capable of propelling Jaguar�s - and Daimler�s - luxuriously appointed flagship to a top speed of 120mph-plus. �In its behaviour it gets closer to perfection than any other luxury car we have tested, regardless of price,� was Motor magazine�s summation of the XJ6.
For 1974 the range was upgraded to �Series II� specification, gaining a restyled front end and an improved interior. A two-door coup� was introduced the following year at the same time as a 3.4-litre engine option, the old 2.8 having been dropped. Together with the equivalent Jaguar, the Daimler Sovereign was built on the, previously optional, 4� longer wheelbase from 1975.
This automatic-transmission Daimler Sovereign�s accompanying heritage certificate records that it was despatched new to Hartwells in Oxford on 9th August 1978. Finished in green with biscuit leather interior, the car benefits from a high quality re-spray and is presented in excellent original condition throughout. Twelve expired MoT certificates on file confirm the recorded mileage of 42,979 as genuine and the vehicle also comes with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document.


Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
TypeCar
Lot Number615
Estimate£4000-£4500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4400
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5060
Year1978
Condition rating0
Registration numberHKX 623T
Mileage-
Chassis numberJCALL3BC101037
Engine number70542
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors