1977 Daimler Sovereign LWB

Photos provided by the seller - seller advises the transmission is slipping so likely needs attention

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Recommissioned garage-find
  • Genuine 39,227 miles
  • Thousands spent on recommissioning
  • Looks and runs great

THE APPEAL


If you wanted to really make an impact in the 1970s then a Jaguar XJ was the way to do it. Vast, smooth, graceful and undeniably elegant, the big Jaguar saloon oozed class. 

At the top of the range sat the Daimler Sovereign – leather trimmed with walnut veneers, it was one of the most luxurious cars of its day as well as a terrific car to drive. 

There really aren’t many left – less than 20 still taxed according to DVLA data. This one has recently joined the ranks of survivors, having been discovered by the vendor in a dusty garage, having been laid-up since 1996. It spent more than half of its life in hibernation, but now it’s back, looking wonderful in its original Fern Grey (or olive green…) paintwork.

It has been subject to a massively expensive mechanical recommissioning in the past two years, but remains unrestored, having covered just over 39,200 miles from new.




THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • UK V5C
  • Tax and MOT exempt
  • Old MOTs 
  • Original buff logbook
  • Record of substantial recent works 
  • Vendor is happy to arrange shipping of the car worldwide at buyer’s expense
  • Can ship to England or Scotland for around £300 on a transporter.

THE INTERIOR


  • Original tan leather
  • Period radio-cassette
  • Excellent veneers

Much of the interior the is in excellent order and presents as almost like new - even the carpets. The seats are tan leather and specification includes power steering and electric windows (which all work). All the gauges work aside from the fuel gauge. The original radio, map light and interior lighting all work as they should.

The door cards and veneers are superb, the only minor snag being droopy headlining – a common XJ fault and not an insurmountable one to sort out.

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THE EXTERIOR


  • Original and unrestored
  • Retains a good shine
  • Appears very solid underneath
  • Complete and original chrome and trim
  • New tyres all-round

The Daimler appears to be a very solid example above and underneath with only minor blemishes and a few age-related marks. The boot floors, sills and bottom of the doors are all in very good shape and the floors are excellent. The paint seems to be original and, despite a few age-related micro-blisters, it has a great shine and the glass is like new. 

There is a little bit of bubbling on the lower nearside front wing but this could easily be repaired and is not structural. There is also a small indentation under the front bumper

The car would benefit from new chrome bumpers as the chrome has flaked off in places and there is some pitting, but the original polished wheels are excellent and are shod with nearly new tyres.

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THE MECHANICS 


  • 4,235cc straight-six
  • Borg Warner automatic
  • Lots of recent expenditure
  • Runs very well
  • Transmission slipping so likely needs attention

In the past two years, the vendor has spent thousands with well-known Jaguar specialist SNG Barratt and has fitted lots of new parts including a brand-new fuel tank, two new fuel pumps with return valves, a new stainless exhaust system, master cylinder, gear box mountings, carb repair kit (also had the carb cleaned in an ultra-sonic tank), callipers, brake discs and pads (front and rear), a handbrake pad set and brake hoses. Both tanks work perfectly and switch with no issues. 

When he pulled the Daimler out of storage he also changed the head gasket as a precaution as it had been off the road for so long. 

Since owning the car the vendor has covered around 300 - 400 miles and says it drives very well indeed. On a few occasions he reports that the transmission has slipped slightly when cold (only for a few seconds) so this needs bearing in mind.

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SUMMARY


For a 45-year-old car that has never been restored, this one is quite remarkable. It looks absolutely fantastic and if you felt inclined then it wouldn’t need a huge amount to take it up to concours condition. 

It’s finished in a wonderfully period colour and has a lovely interior, while its road presence is something else. A fantastic opportunity to acquire one of the rarest (and nicest) XJ variants.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1977
  • Make Daimler
  • Model Sovereign
  • Colour Fern Grey
  • Odometer 39,227 Miles
  • Engine size 4235
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ballygalley
  • Location Northern Ireland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • oscar.w•••• £7,400 09/12/22
  • reynold•••• £7,300 09/12/22
  • [email protected]•••• £7,200 09/12/22
  • reynold•••• £7,000 09/12/22
  • Letterm•••• £6,800 09/12/22
  • Jler £6,700 09/12/22
  • olivia-•••• £6,400 09/12/22
  • Letterm•••• £6,300 09/12/22
  • olivia-•••• £6,200 09/12/22
  • Letterm•••• £6,100 09/12/22

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