1976 Daimler Sovereign Coupe
Model: Sovereign Coupe
Registration Number: PPR 69R
Chassis Number: 2H-1915BW
Engine Number: 8L89891
Commission Number: Body Number: 5H 1978
Steering: Right Hand Drive
Colour: British Racing Green
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £22000
Lot No: 226
This looks like a case of less is more. Following the great success of the Jaguar and Daimler four door XJ Saloons, why would one consider a coupe with only two doors? Answer: probably because it does all the things you would expect of the XJ Jaguar/Daimler, plus it looks absolutely fantastic and gives the owner just that little bit of extra kudos in the Golf Club car park.
Daimler was taken over by Jaguar Cars in 1960 and the former models were sold alongside their Jaguar cousins, but with a higher specification, particularly in terms of interior finish - and of course they received the prestigious Daimler badge.
The XJ saloons were very popular and in the mid-1970s, a luxury coupe was produced on a slightly smaller wheelbase, for a short while. This created a rarity which has followed through to the present time. Hence we have here an opportunity to acquire a very fine example of the XJ Coupe with all the benefits of the Daimler specifications.
This now rare Daimler Sovereign Coupe is equipped with the well-proven 4.2 straight six cylinder engine, coupled to automatic transmission. The motor car finished in British Racing Green with a black Everflex roof and Chestnut leather upholstery with contrasting carpets (which could be improved). It presents very well overall - even the clock works - and the Sovereign is sensibly upgraded with a manual choke and is fitted with a period radio (which may need attention). The Daimler is largely original, apart from being the subject of a respray during the previous owner’s custodianship. The factory option alloy road wheels are in good condition and fitted with Avon front tyres and Pirelli rears (that have some slight sidewall cracks).
The motor car starts and runs well, but due to the poor health of the vendor, it has not had much use in recent times so a recommissioning service would be advisable. The mileage of 74200 is understood to be genuine.
The history file belonging to the Daimler contains photographs of the major restoration, a rare sales brochure, a wiring diagram, correspondence, a quantity of invoices, wiring diagrams, a number of MOT tests, the V5 document and the V5C registration certificate.
Auction Date: 9 September 2021