1968 Daimler Sovereign 420


  • 4.2-litre straight-six XK engine
  • Refitted interior
  • Daimler fluted radiator surround

The Appeal

Based on the Jaguar 420, this is an early example of a Daimler Sovereign. It is a very comfortable and capable executive saloon car, which was aimed squarely at the discerning end of the market. 

This particular Sovereign has previously spent time registered in the Netherlands, and has been returned to the UK. It is believed that it retains its original number plate. 

The car has previously received extensive work, documented in the form of hand-written service records and invoices. More recently, it has received electric seats and a retrimmed interior. Its next owner will be able to decide whether to return the car to its original interior or keep it as it is.

In all, this is a thoroughly respectable saloon, which features the popular XK straight-six engine and classic Daimler styling. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 19th December 1968
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • Formerly registered in the Netherlands
  • Re-registered in the UK with what is believed to be its original registration number
  • Owners manuals and repair manuals
  • Numerous hand-written invoices for parts and servicing
  • Historic MOTs and tax discs
  • Six former keepers

The Interior

  • Retrimmed leather interior
  • Electric seats fitted 
  • Quilted headlining and door cards
  • Later centre console added
  • Front seatbelts
  • Rear picnic tables
  • All gauges and switches said to be working
  • Wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel
  • Burr walnut dashboard
  • Central locking on the front doors
  • Original radio removed
  • The dashboard top looks to be free from cracks or UV damage
  • The carpets are well worn and could benefit from a clean
  • Spacious boot to the rear, with some spare parts, including the original steering wheel

The Exterior 

  • Thought to have been restored previously
  • Some scratches, chips and cracks in the paint
  • A little bubbling in places
  • Some patches of corrosion can be seen 
  • Some of the chrome plating is pitted 
  • Daimler trademark fluted radiator surround
  • Some surface corrosion to the underside, and the ‘crows feet’ are said to be ingot condition and original
  • There is some filler known to be in a rear wing
  • Running on steel wheels with chrome trims and chrome hubcaps

The Mechanics 

  • 4.2-litre straight-six XK engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Shares the same suspension setup as the E-Type
  • Said to start easily and run well
  • The only issue reported is that the engine can be started in any gear, as the interlock switch has failed
  • No other mechanical issues reported
  • New battery fitted in 2021
  • The prop shaft has reportedly been renewed 
  • Oil pressure said to be normal
  • Extensive hand-written servicing records on file


A supremely stylish four-door saloon, with a little work it could be brought back to a very high standard. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Daimler
  • Model Sovereign (pre-xj6)
  • Colour Brown
  • Odometer 79,407 Miles
  • Engine size 4235
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Coniston
  • Location Cumbria
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 5 bidders
  • d•••• £5,000 26/01/23
  • al•••• £4,900 26/01/23
  • d•••• £4,800 26/01/23
  • al•••• £4,700 26/01/23
  • d•••• £4,600 26/01/23
  • al•••• £4,500 26/01/23
  • d•••• £4,300 26/01/23
  • al•••• £4,200 26/01/23
  • d•••• £4,000 26/01/23
  • al•••• £3,800 26/01/23

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