19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 61
 

1977 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupe

Sold for £13,500

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: PUK 20R
Chassis No: 2H2081BW
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just 1,677 examples manufactured
  • Understood to have been taken off the road in 1997 and in placed into storage ever since
  • Just 65,728 miles on the odometer, which is believed genuine
  • Running and driving but will require some recommissioning
  • Desirable home-market example

The Daimler Sovereign was a name applied to a sequence of luxury cars built by Jaguar but carrying the Daimler badge between 1966 and 1983 and were based on contemporary Jaguar body shells, chassis and engines. The launch of the Jaguar XJ6 in 1968 and its Daimler sister in 1969 redefined expectations in the luxury car sector. The new model truly 'moved the goalposts', setting new standards in comfort, refinement and handling. A waiting list was quick to form and enthusiasm remained strong upon the introduction of the Series II cars in 1973. The standard or long wheelbase saloon models were joined later that year by a striking new variant; an elegant pillarless Coupé, all being built on the short-wheelbase chassis with a Black vinyl-covered roof and available with either the 4.2 litre straight-six XK unit or the 5.3 litre, V12. This handsome design retained the saloon's supple all-round independent coil and wishbone suspension, disc brakes and power steering. Performance was predictably strong with both variants reputedly able to exceed 120mph. Rarer than its Jaguar brother, just 1,677 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupés are thought to have been produced by the time production ended in 1978 with 613 built in 1977 and only six in the final year.

Chassis number 2H2081BW was supplied new to the United Kingdom, being registered new on the 23rd of February 1977. Fitted with the 4245cc straight-six engine allied to the three-speed automatic transmission, the Daimler is finished in the attractive colour combination of Red with Beige leather interior upholstery, and a Black Everflex roof. The odometer records the mileage at 65,728 miles, which is believed but not warranted, to be genuine. In long-term previous ownership, the Daimler is understood to have been taken off the road in 1997. Remaining off the road until the present day, the Sovereign Coupe is offered for sale running and driving, however, it will require some recommissioning before being pressed into road use. Accompanied by the owner’s and servicing handbook, as well as a V5C document, this is a rare opportunity to purchase one of these stylish three-door Coupes, that were in production for a mere three years.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
paul.cheetham@handh.co.uk
07538 667452

 

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars

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