1979 Daimler 4.2 Vanden Plas Series II

Highlights


  • Lots of originality
  • Low mileage
  • Starts, moves forward and backwards under its own steam
  • Bodywork straight and interior in nice shape 
  • Being sold with no reserve, for spares or repair


The Background


The Daimler Sovereign was a Jaguar-based luxury saloon car that was sold in three versions from 1969-1983. During that time, it was the sole Jaguar saloon and was one of the most recognisable British cars from this time period.

The Vanden Plas model designation was only assigned to the very top-of-the-line Daimlers, and had uniquely trimmed interiors with plusher carpets, nylon rugs, adjustable rear-quarter reading lamps and an extra cigar lighter in the rear.

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The History


AES 93T was originally sold and registered in the UK, before making its way over to the South of France alongside an ex-pat in the mid-2000s. It was not used very often during this time and has been sat in a barn located on a vineyard just outside Bordeaux for the last 13 years or so.

The previous owner purchased it from a friend of a friend earlier in 2021. All it required to get it going were some jump leads, and it fired straight up. He had the car transported back to the UK to sit alongside a collection of other classic Jaguars. The current owner purchased from C&C this year but due to other commitments his mechanic has little time to restore this particular car, he has since decided to consolidate his collection and hence put it up for sale with some of the others as a no reserve auction.

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The Paperwork


The only paperwork that comes with the car is the V5C log book in the owner’s name and an old-style tax disc for additional retro cool points.

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The Interior


Inside the overall condition of the totally original interior can be described as good and would come up extremely nice indeed with a full interior valet.

The superb-quality leather seats have stood the test of time remarkably well with no serious rips or tears, and the carpets are generally in nice order aside from some noticeable wear on the transmission tunnel.   

All of the switchgear is said to be in working order, with the wipers, windows, heater and desirable Smiths gauges functioning properly on the day of photography.

The cabin is lavished with delightful wood trim, which in general is in good condition aside from some cracking on the glovebox lid and aging on the driver’s door. The steering wheel, gear lever and other interior controls are in very nice shape for their age.

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The Exterior


For the most part the bodywork is in straight condition, however there is rust on the valences, sills etc that will need attention.
The wheels are in need of a refurb and brightwork pieces would benefit from re-chroming, but the only real noticeable damage on the outside is on the front bumper underneath the indicator, as well as a handful of small dents that would likely be easy to fix.

All of the exterior glass is mostly good, but the front screen has a crack and it is missing one wing mirror glass and the lovely black vinyl roof looks to be in good condition, too.

The under side of the car is where it needs the most attention, this can be seen in the photos.

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The Mechanics


Mechanically the car starts and runs ok for a 42 year old car that has been laid up, with the usual caveats that come with a car that has been stood for a long period of time. The six-cylinder 4.2 engine itself ticks over and keeps at a steady temperature, while the auto gearbox shifts smoothly. There is evidence of water in the fuel tank so this will need to be removed and flushed at the least to help get it running as it should.

The vendor has performed no deferred maintenance as yet, and it would therefore be a good idea for the new owner to give the engine a good service as well as replace the tyres and other consumable items. 

The other fault known to the owner is the bonnet that doesn’t latch properly.

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The Appeal


This is a great opportunity to purchase a charming, rare, and low mileage classic Daimler that has bags of originality and potential.

It runs and drives forwards and backwards, and it stops - and while it would benefit from mechanical and under body restoration, it is a very good car to start with.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make Daimler
  • Model Sovereign Vanden Plas 4.2
  • Colour Bronze
  • Odometer 61,824 Miles
  • Engine size 4235
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 4 bidders
  • Im•••• £1,600 18/08/22
  • Tr•••• £1,500 18/08/22
  • Im•••• £1,400 18/08/22
  • ne•••• £1,300 18/08/22
  • Im•••• £1,200 18/08/22
  • ne•••• £1,100 17/08/22
  • Tr•••• £1,000 17/08/22
  • Tr•••• £900 16/08/22
  • ne•••• £800 16/08/22
  • Tr•••• £700 16/08/22

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