T his is an absolutely gorgeous Daimler DS420 limousine out-fitted in 2-tone black over Royal Claret with black and light grey Connolly hide interior and matching floor rugs. The car is finished with twin gold fine-lines on the body contour line. Overall the combination presents very elegantly indeed and is amongst the most desirable of colour combinations, bringing that “Royal Mews” touch.
These are rare cars. This one is out of only 170 made in 1985. In total, she is 1 out of some 4,000 made over 24 years of production. This is less than one tenth of Rolls-Royces produced over that period. The Daimler linousine was built for “Heads of State” world-wide, to include the English Royal family, for luxury hotels, like the Intercontinental Hong Kong and were the car of choice for many formal limousine hire companies.
This particular DS420 was imported from the UK by its 1 American owner 17 years ago and is a superb example. These Daimlers were never imported into the USA when new.
She is a very clean and predominantly rust-free which, in itself, is a major advantage as these cars were renown for their rust issues. Please look at the photos of the underside to see just how clean she is. The car has been held in private service by a southern state industrialist for the whole time she has been in the US. She has been regularly maintained and always housed in a private car collection climate controlled environment.
The body on this car is straight and the paint is excellent having undergone a complete high-end repaint some 10 years ago by a Jaguar experienced body-shop. Cost equivalent today of some $30,000. It does have only the most minimal little marks here and there from normal use since then but presents beautifully. The paint is consistent and lustrous and simply stunning.
The interior of the car is in stunning condition with excellent light grey Connolly hide leather upholstery in the rear passenger section. The driver’s quarters is black “Jaguar” vinyl. There is a small and minor split on the driver seat at the stitching which is an easy fix that we are happy to attend to at no charge prior to delivery. All the wood throughout the car is original and in very good condition. There are a couple of minor hairline cracks in the dash by the glove box but this is not glaringly obvious. The wood and lacquer finish is shiny, without any lifting and the wood presents rich in grain – it presents in “excellent” condition compared to the average example and I would rate it a 9.5 out of 10.. There is no sagging or wear in the headlining. It presents in original appearance and the carpet is excellent. The deep grain and glossy finish of the rich grained wood in this example contrasts beautifully with the greys and blacks – making the interior of this car very rich and inviting. All interior chrome finishes are virtually perfect. Overall it is like new and smells like it too.
All interior features and functions are fully operational including electrics – windows, division, gauges, lights etc. The A/C blows icy cold. Everything is also clean and crisp. It has had a new stereo system fitted (currently inoperative), which detracts from the appearance, in my opinion, but any original Jaguar factory unit of the period is suitable for those who want to keep the car “pure”.
The chrome, stainless steel and bright work finishes are all good without any pitting and the glass around the car is very fine. All interior and exterior lights work correctly.
Mechanically, the car is in superior condition and the original presentation under the bonnet clearly shows that. The car has had extensive regular maintenance by its previous owner so you can be assured of a quality and caring ownership. Exhaust is good with new mufflers fitted in more recent times. The tyres on the car are near new. This is a Daimler 420 that appears to have had all its usual nuances and typical issues of its age attended to and so is ready to go. The 54,300 miles is not verifiable but the car certainly presents as a low mileage example.
This is a 10 out of 10 driver example that needs nothing else doing. It makes for a gorgeous “weekender” that you could take to your next Jaguar/Daimler meet with pride and joy. (The number plate is included in the sale and is the correct “new-issued” number plate for the car when first sold new in 1985. The “LD” part of the plate stands for “Greater London” so you know it was most likely a Westminster or similar region car).
Please take the time to look at the photo link below to many additional photos where I have endeavored to capture how pretty this car is. Please feel free to ask any and all questions you may have as it is an as-is listing.
* Please note: The title incorrectly states the year as 1975 which, of course, should read 1985. All VIN details and specifications including the original UK (Greater London) number plate support the 1985 year production. This was obviously a clerical error in previous licensing. Also; being a “grey-market” car, the eBay system does not allow the true VIN to be used in the listing details. The VIN stated here in the written description is correct and NOT the VIN showed in the usual entry position required in all eBay listings for cars built after 1981. That VIN is from an unrelated 85 Jaguar which I had to insert to allow a listing to become live.
Barrington, Illinois, United States