14th Jun, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 131

1971 Daimler 4.2 Sovereign

Estimated at £14,000 - £18,000

Lot details

Registration No: PJE 232J
Chassis No: 1U3547BW
MOT: March 2024

  • Benefitting from a glass-out restoration in (c.2017)
  • Large photographic record of the restoration process on file
  • Replacement alternator assembly, thermostat, hoses plugs and oil filters in July of 2022
  • Original literature that includes a colour chart, sales brochure, poster and wiring diagrams

Jaguar launched its XJ model range in September 1968 and it was the last Saloon able to boast the input of the company's founder, Sir William Lyons. The XJ was the marque's flagship, the Daimler Sovereign derivative of which was introduced in October 1969 as a replacement for the Sovereign 420. Externally virtually identical to its Jaguar sibling, apart from its fluted radiator grille and Daimler badging, the new Sovereign was initially offered with the choice of either a 2.8 or 4.2-litre version of the ubiquitous XK DOHC engine. The output of the latter was 245bhp at 5,500rpm - sufficient to waft the luxurious new Saloon to 60mph in a very creditable 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of around 125mph - performance figures that left its rivals trailing. The new Daimlers/Jaguars drew almost unreserved praise from the motoring media, with Motor magazine saying: "The company has produced results which we believe every competitor throughout the world, from Rolls-Royce downwards, cannot afford to ignore". The monocoque body featured all-round independent suspension by wishbones and coil springs at the front and a version of the wishbones, coils and trailing arms set-up already fined-tuned on the MK X at the rear. Braking was by discs all round and steering by an Adwest power-assisted rack and pinion system. Initially, purchasers had the option of a four-speed manual gearbox with Laycock de Normanville overdrive or a Borg-Warner Model 8 automatic transmission. Early in 1970, the latter was replaced with the new Borg-Warner Model 12 box that allowed drivers to enjoy a degree of manual override when desired. Retrospectively dubbed the Series 1, the first generation of Daimler Sovereign, Daimler Double-Six, XJ6 and XJ12 had a five-year reign, during which total production reached 82,126 units.

Manufactured on the 21st of December 1970, 'PJE' was dispatched on the 25th January, 1971 and supplied to its first owner, 'Slater Donning Swann', by Wallis & Son of Cambridge. Today, the Sovereign still presents in Dark Blue paintwork with a Black leather interior, as per the JDHT Certificate information on file. The vendor's father actually sold 'PJE' brand new in 1971, when he was a director at Wallis & Son, who were, at the time, main distributors for Jaguar Daimler, Rover, Land Rover and Triumph, Lancia and Rolls-Royce.

Now displaying some 102,000 credible miles, in recent years, the Sovereign has benefitted from a glass-out restoration (c.2017), and done very little mileage since, with a large photographic record of the restoration process on file. The wheels have also been refurbished and shod with new tyres and the head gasket was done, along with a replacement alternator assembly, thermostat, hoses plugs and oil filters in July of 2022, with an invoice from Jagutek Ltd on file, for just shy of £3000.

'PJE' is offered with some original literature that includes a colour chart, sales brochure, poster and wiring diagrams. With a current MOT running into March of 2024, there is also a collection of old MOTs dating back to 1986 (at 66,473 miles). Additionally, there is the owner's wallet, handbook, a collection of invoices from the c.2017 restoration work and the aforementioned JDHT Certificate.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 14th Jun, 2023

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