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Lot 026: Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupe

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

The Series Two version of Jaguar's brilliant XJ6 saloon was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside a new variant on the XJ theme, a two-door coupe. A pet project of Sir William Lyons (and the last one he worked on before he retired from active design in 1972), the XJC used the short-wheelbase floorpan with longer front doors and a slightly different roofline, but was otherwise substantially the same as the four-door saloons. Lyons had insisted that the front and rear windows met in a pillarless construction, which was very elegant and looked fabulous when all the windows were down, but posed a serious headache to the development engineers who had to suppress the wind noise on these fast cars.

This delayed production until 1975 and the coupes were considerably more expensive and exclusive than the saloons. All featured a vinyl roof which was very fashionable at the time and helped to disguise the thickness of the C pillars. Just 6,505 coupes were made before production ceased in 1977, which included 1,677 six-cylinder Sovereigns badged as Daimlers. Good examples are much sought after today.

This example was purchased by the vendor as a project with a seized engine. Believed to have been one of the last 9 cars to be registered, it had been in its previous owner's hands for over 20 years.

Fitted with a Borg Warner 65 automatic box, it was ordered in Green Sand with Olive leather upholstery and has clearly been well looked after as the vendor believes the sills to be the originals which is most unusual for one of these cars.

Offered as a sound and original project, albeit with work needed to the engine, this Daimler looks to be a really good basis for a super example of this rare and elegant car.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number026
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1978
Condition rating2
Registration numberFYB 420T
Mileage-
Chassis numbersH2359BW
Engine number51712
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2