DAIMLER SOVEREIGN 420 Automatic 1969

vehicle overview

1969 Daimler Sovereign 420 Automatic. Sebring red with biscuit leather upholstery. To those in the know, the Daimler Sovereign is perhaps the ultimate classic luxury saloon. Bigger and more comfortable than the MkII, yet of more modest dimensions than the gargantuan 420G, it had a superb ride/handling balance thanks to the independent rear suspension borrowed from the E-Type. The front end styling was like a scaled down MkX and the 4.2-litre engine was virtually to E-Type spec, producing 245bhp and 283lb/ft of torque. The magic 100mph was comfortably exceeded and further refinements included notably quick steering, dual circuit brakes, alternator electrics and a limited-slip differential. Introduced into the already busy model line-up on offer from Browns Lane, the 420 'Compact' series was deemed necessary because of disappointing sales of the MkX due to its size and mutterings over the styling of the broadly similar S-Type. The consumer got a choice of Jaguar or Daimler versions, the car with the fluted grill getting a marginally plusher interior and an extra £120 on the invoice. It had been the intention to put Daimler's superb 4.5-litre V8 engine from the Majestic Major into the Sovereign, however this was rejected on the grounds that it would have outperformed the 4.2-litre Jaguar by some margin. This Sovereign was first registered in January 1969 and has been used for summer car shows and Sunday jaunts by the last owner. The subject of a bare-metal respray in the late 1980s, the interior was treated to a complete retrim in leather by Aldridge Trimming in 1993 which cost £1,572 with an invoice on file. This has now aged gracefully and has a very pleasing patina. The Daimler has recently treated the car to a comprehensive overhaul, including new road springs, brake servo, general brake overhaul and a good service. Four old MOTs on file from the 1990s show that just 1,500 miles have been added over the last 20 years. The 4.2 engine is very strong and pulls effortlessly with a smooth changing automatic gearbox. This 420 is waiting to be enjoyed, it is not a show car but is very presentable and extremely usable. Viewing is highly recommended. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Please contact us for any further information. Delivery can be arranged.



Key Facts

  • Body type: Saloon
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Transmission: Auto
  • Engine size: 4235 cc
  • Colour: Red
  • Registration: G
  • Miles: 36,000
  • Road Tax 12 months: Zero Rated
  • MOT Exp Date: 01-02-2017

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