This elegant sedan is a very rare Daimler Vanden Plas Series II, with long wheelbase and left-hand drive. In this combination, it is reportedly one out of 12 that were ever made, most of which would no longer be in existence. This specimen was converted from a right-hand drive vehicle in 1996. It is painted in emerald-green metallic, a Jaguar X300 colour which looks absolutely stunning on this british luxury sedan. The Daimler is equipped with power windows, air conditioning, power steering and radio.
This is a car with an extraordinary record of maintenance, repair and improvement receipts: Since 1998, the amount invested into the Daimler exceeds € 50,000. The Vanden Plas has valid technical approval until 09/2016 and comes with historic plates. A brief appraisal from 2013 stated a condition 2 and a replacement value of € 30,000 for this car.
The overall condition of this car is very good, with only slight traces of use and a degree of patina that is more than acceptable in a nearly 40 year-old vehicle: The cognac-coloured leather seats do not sag, the beautiful burlwood dashboard is free of cracks, the paintwork in fine condition with next to no scratches. The 4.2 litre straight six engine is said to run very smooth and strong.
A Daimler worthy of an english nobleman, in truly amazing condition.
The XJ may be regarded as Sir William Lyons’ masterpiece. It was the last car the co-founder of the Jaguar company designed, and what he had created in 1968 turned out to be perennial: The luxury sedan was built over 24 years with only minor modifications regarding the bodywork.
The XJ effectively replaced not only the S series, but the 420 and Mk II along with it, becoming the sole Jaguar saloon and one of the best known British motorcars. At first, only the XJ6 was available, but in 1972, a 12-cylinder version was added, the XJ12, at that time the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder sedan.
The first major facelift for the 1974 model year brought raised front bumpers and, consequently, a flatter radiator grille which made the XJ appear even more slender and elegant.
In 1979 the XJ was facelifted once more, incorporating a mild redesign by Pininfarina while largely retaining Sir Lyons’ original lines. Over the whole production span, around 318,000 XJ6 and XJ12 were produced, among them a small proportion as the even more luxurious Daimler Vanden Plas variant, which was – apart from the radiator grille – both technically, as well as optically almost identical to its sibling models by Jaguar.
One of the pecularities of the XJ is that it is equipped with two separate fuel tanks positioned on each side of the boot, each with its own chrome filler cap and a changeover switch on the dash.