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October 29, 2016, 3:00 PM BST
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Lot 108: 1974 Daimler Double Six Vanden Plas One former keeper, 47,000 miles from new(34 views)
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1974 Daimler Double Six Vanden Plas One former keeper, 47,000 miles from new
Reg. Number: UK Registered
Chassis Number: 201106BW
Model: Double Six
From 1972 Jaguar’s 5.3 litre V12 engine was available in the XJ range, and for the Daimler version a name used by the company from 1926 to 1938 was revived. Sir William Lyons had retired from Jaguar in 1972 and the new chairman was FRW (Lofty) England. Lofty England had been a Daimler apprentice from 1927 to 1932 and taken second place in the first ever RAC rally driving a 30/40 hp Daimler Double-Six. So Lofty England decreed that the new V12 Daimler would be known as Double-Six.
Unlike the Jaguar, the twelve-cylinder Daimler had the same radiator grill as its six-cylinder sibling, and externally only the badges distinguished them. The Double-Six followed the same changes as the Sovereign from Series I to Series III, although the Sovereign name was transferred to Jaguar, the Double-Six name remained with Daimler throughout Series III production, which continued until 1992.
In late 1972, the particularly well-equipped Double-Six Vanden Plas appeared. On a 4 inches (100 mm) longer wheelbase, this model also received a black vinyl roof to set it apart
A two-door coupé was offered in the Double-Six Series II range from 1975 to 1977, as an addition to the four door saloon. It was marketed as the Daimler Double-Six two door.
This superb example is presented in purple with cream leather interior and is in excellent original condition. The previous owner owned it from 1975 and was dry stored (unused) since 1997 until this year when it was re commissioned. All electrical functions and instruments are all working perfectly including the factory fitted 8 track player as well as the air conditioning which is “ ice cold”. It has recently undergone a full service and a rolling road dyno tune at “ Track n Road in Rainham for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Thus resulting in a silk smooth effortless ride. This is certainly one of the best examples of this iconic British luxury classic we have seen and in totally original and fabulous condition throughout. With its lovely smooth V12, this car still is a lovely tourer offering luxury all the way!