Daimler DS420 Limousine
SOLD £8,120A really
well-cared for example in lovely order; big money spent; driven 50+miles to the
sale; one of the best available
Introduced as a direct replacement
for the Daimler Majestic Major in 1968, the DS420 also superseded the 4-litre
Vanden Plas Austin Princess and was to remain in production virtually unchanged
was the last vehicle to use the fabulous Jaguar straight-six XK engine. By the
time of its demise, over 4,100 had been produced, initially at the Vanden Plas
works in North London, with production moving to the Jaguar plant at Coventry in
of the British and Danish Royal families, as well as official State cars the
world over, they also found favour as funeral and wedding transport and offered
good reliable service for half the price of a Phantom VI Rolls Royce.
were built around the already massive Jaguar 420G platform, which was extended a
further 21” making for a most imposing car which was exactly what the designers
had in mind. The driver benefitted very little from all this space while the
rear seat passengers had more than they knew what to do with - the rear seat had
a width of over six feet!
earlier Vanden Plas-built DS420s are known within the carriage trade as being
far better built than later models, the fine two-owner example on offer today
dating from 1972.
was purchased in 1981 from its original owners with the odometer reading 36,000
miles. Its first jobs were doing ‘Mayor and Judge work’, collecting and
delivering the dignitaries of Shrewsbury. A job-book in the history file lists
its duties from 1981 to 1984, and 30 old MOTs show its mileage accumulation to
its current reading of 117,000 miles.
received a fully reconditioned engine in 2003 and there are bills on file for
work done inside and out. The most significant was a major body refurbishment in
2005. Keith Hockenhall, a well-known restorer fitted new rear wings, repairing
the inner arches at the same time. This was a massive job, the bill for the work
and subsequent respray totalling some £16,000.
much the same time, a new headlining was fitted and the leather reconnollised.
It has not had a great deal of work to do over the last few years and has been
showroom stored when not in use. As a consequence, it has retained its lustre
and looks most impressive inside and out.
in the sense that it is one of the few DS420s to have been so well cared for and
preserved, if one of these superb limousines is on your shopping list – this is
the car for you.