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Lot 001: Daimler Double Six

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Jaguar's legendary XJ range of world-beating saloons was launched in 1968. By 1972 the sublime V12 5.3 litre engine had been shoehorned into the compact engine bay, much work having been done to the cooling system, including an air cooled battery box!

At launch Jaguar claimed the XJ12, with a top speed of around 140mph, to be the fastest full four seater available in the world. With levels of ride quality and refinement that have not been significantly bettered to this day, the Jaguar XJ set the standard. The XJ received a facelift in late 1973 for the '74 model year. A new smaller grille, required to accommodate higher bumpers to meet the US bumper regs was incorporated along with a major update to the dashboard and heating system. From 1974 the longer wheelbase was also standardised.

Top of the range was the wonderful Daimler Double Six which had an even more luxurious Vanden Plas spec interior and extra sound-proofing to waft its occupants along in near silence at three-figure speeds with barely a ripple on a glass of champagne.

This example has covered just 36,650 miles from new and has had only two previous owners. It comes with its original handbooks, Passport to Service booklet and Supercover certificate (now expired!) and complete tool roll. It has been off the road since 1999 and so will require careful recommissioning before it can be used again, however has recently been started, firing up on all 12 and running smoothly with good oil pressure. A short run on a private estate showed the gearbox to be changing as it should.

This low mileage Double Six represents a very worthwhile project, with the potential to become a superb example and is offered with no reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
Lot Number001
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7300
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberLHN 194P
Chassis number2K2180BW
Engine number7P13671 5B
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors