Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 162
Year : 1976
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : automatic
Registration No. : SFE 901R
Chassis No. : 2H1811BW
Engine No. : 35377
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


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

This Daimler was originally registered on 26th October 1976 and
has covered a mere 24,153 miles in 40 years on British roads. The
three registered keepers of this delightful car have all been from
the same family and have clearly cherished her, purchased new by a
Mr Bateman a Norfolk farmer and used as a second car, he passed
away in 1984 leaving the car to his son who never drove it, then
the vehicle passed to his son (Grandson of the original owner). The
vehicle stayed in the family for Forty years and was dry stored for
32 of them only re-commissioned in 2005 for a family wedding as
such, SFE 901R presents in a condition commensurate with such a low
mileage example. The Old English White coachwork is virtually
unmarked and is complimented by a black Everflex roof and biscuit
velour interior. Mechanically, these 4.2 XK engines are strong and
reliable; this one is no exception and has very good oil pressure.
The interior is unmarked with the highly figured walnut dashboard,
a reminder of the level of luxury this car offers. Ergonomically,
Jaguars are a pleasure to drive; the stylish coupé offers a sporty
look combined with a saloon ride. Supplied with a full Daimler
service history, the original service books, V5C registration
document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 8th
February 2017, this Daimler 4.2 Coupé is a splendid example of an
increasingly rare model.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170