1986 Daimler DS420 Limousine
Chassis no. SADDWATL4AC200775
4,235cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine
Twin SU carburetors
164bhp at 4,500rpm
3-speed automatic transmission
4-wheel independent suspension
4-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes
*Very rare, original left-hand drive example
*Heavily optioned from new
*Fewer than 6,800 miles from new
*Cost $110,000 when new
A replacement for the aging Majestic Major Limousine, the DS420 was introduced in 1968. The new car was based on a stretched Jaguar 420G floorpan and running gear, the latter's all-independent suspension providing excellent handling and ride characteristics, while the six-cylinder XK engine ensured that there was no shortage of power. Motor Panels built the traditionally styled bodies, which were trimmed by Vanden Plas and, later, Jaguar themselves. Popular with mayors and funeral directors, the spacious, seven-seater Daimler was also a favorite of the Royal Family, whose warrant the company still holds. Production of the last of the coachbuilt Daimlers ceased in 1992.
The Motorcar Offered
Unquestionably one of the nicest DS420s around, this example's known history starts in 1987 when it was purchased by a wealthy factory owner in Sheffield, Alabama with 1,100 miles on the ticker. One of less than 300 left-hand drive DS420s built, the $110,000 price paid at the time was justified by the resplendent level of luxury enjoyed by the occupantsdual AC to weather the humid Alabama summers, cocktail cabinet with a full set of Waterford crystal for en route libations, power everythingwindows, locks, and center divider, privacy curtainsand alloy wheels. The two-tone Windsor Blue over Tudor White paintwork enhanced the elegant lines of the car while the Dralon Dark Blue cloth interior coddled the rear occupants. Sparingly used, the Daimler would remain in the family until the current owner acquired it in 2011.
Well known and respected in Daimler circles and a DS420 owner many times over, the vendor had the car mechanically refurbished to prepare the car for regular use. In the course of buffing the car, the long-time exposure to the hot, humid Alabama climate had weakened the paint necessitating a carefully prepped, bare-metal repaint at a cost of $12,000.
Showing fewer than 6,800 miles today, this DS420 shows beautifully. Reported by the owner to be an exceptionally nice driver and very usable machine, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most luxurious and elegant limousines in such top condition that it would be nigh impossible to replicate.
- Please note that the make listed on the title for this vehicle is Jaguar.