1978 Daimler DS420 Limousine

 ****** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT (N) insurance loss in OCTOBER/2022 ****** 


  • Desirable limousine variant
  • Just one previous keeper from new
  • Finished in rare blue colourway
  • Well presented throughout
  • Esteemed 4.2 litre engine

The Appeal

The limousine of choice for high ranking officials the length and breadth of Britain, the Daimler DS420 is perhaps one of the most recognisable limos of all time, a familiar sight on all of the expensive bits of the monopoly board for an impressively lengthy amount of time thanks to its extensive production run.
The Daimler was unrivalled and found favour with many members of the Royal family and members of government thanks to its unparalleled quality, ride comfort and amenities. In the present day, many Daimler Limousines have found fortune being used as private hire chauffeur or wedding cars and the example we have here has been conquering that field since 2001.
Well presented both mechanically and aesthetically, in a more unusual deep blue colour scheme, this 1978 Daimler is a bold, high quality example of the model, and one that would lend itself well to continued use in the wedding or funeral car field or to be put into preservation as part of a private collection.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 14/07/1978
  • Just one former keeper from new
  • Original owner kept the car until 2001, at which point it was purchased by the current vendor for use as part of a fleet of wedding cars
  • Dry stored throughout current ownership
  • Well maintained, largely in house as we understand, to keep in consistent working order
  • Accompanied by a Daimler limousine book pack
  • The car holds a long current MOT valid until April 2025
  • V5 registration document present with the car


The Condition

  • Honest, well preserved example, finished in a lesser seen deep blue colour scheme
  • Paint and bodywork is of a generally high standard throughout, with just light marking commensurate with age and a general light patina in places
  • Bodywork complemented with contrasting gold coach lines
  • External chrome trim is of a wonderful quality, exhibiting with a brilliant shine
  • Fitted with a blue full length vinyl roof covering
  • Glass work, lighting all in good shape
  • Daimler branded wheel trims at all four corners with body coloured blue decoration
  • Lavishly upholstered in an unusual, yet alluring vibrant blue velour throughout
  • Upholstery is in largely very good order, having borne the test of time well
  • There are some light areas of more visible wear to some of the seating, however this is a generally very presentable cabin
  • Interior fixtures, fascias and switchgear all present very well
  • Wood finish trim used throughout the front and rear sections of the cabin, well presented with a high gloss shine
  • Well appointed cabin with a great deal of amenities including an air conditioning system and radio controllable from the rear of the car
  • Sliding glass divider system for rear seat occupants
  • Plush carpeting and floor mats still in great shape
  • Fold out middle row seats to maximise passenger carrying capacity
  • Working electric windows


The Mechanics

  • Fitted with a highly revered 4.2 litre straight six engine
  • Paired with a simple column shift transmission
  • Engine and surrounding engine bay present in good honest form
  • The Daimler fires into life quickly and comfortable, offering a sensible and impressively quiet idle
  • On the road the vendor reports of a wonderful drive, with plenty of power to keep up with modern traffic thanks to the throaty six cylinder, but with a delightfully muted soundtrack for the comfort of its occupants
  • Long MOT valid until April 2025


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Auction Details
  • Year 1988
  • Make Daimler
  • Model DS420
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 43,053 Miles
  • Engine size 4235
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Colney Heath
  • County Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
41 Bids
  • Ol•••• £7,100 27/06/24
  • ed•••• £7,000 27/06/24
  • Ol•••• £6,920 27/06/24
  • Ol•••• £6,820 27/06/24
  • ed•••• £6,720 27/06/24
  • Ol•••• £6,620 27/06/24
  • ed•••• £6,520 27/06/24
  • Ol•••• £6,499 27/06/24
  • Ol•••• £6,399 27/06/24
  • ed•••• £6,299 27/06/24

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