In 1898, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, was given a ride in a Coventry-built Daimler. Every British monarch since has used Daimlers, which have been used to carry the Royal Warrant for many years. The last of these royal Daimlers were DS420 limousines, based on the architecture of the Jaguar 420, and have hand-built bodywork by Vanden Plas, of London. This was the Queen Mother’s favored car of state, and one example went down in history by leading the funeral procession of Princess Diana.
The Daimler limousine DS420, popularly known as the Daimler Limousine, is the “last of the real limousines” produced by Daimler between 1968 and 1992. Many small changes were incorporated during these 25 years. The vehicles are used extensively as official state cars in several countries, including by the British, Danish and Swedish royal houses.
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Body: 4 Doors Limousine with power-operated partition
Exterior: Dark Blue
Interior: Red Leather
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 3761 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
History: Custom made MK IV produced in1990. Delivered to Hong Kong in 2014, tax paid and registered in 2015.
1 of 4141 custom handmade cars
Le Mans- winning Jaguar Engine and the last car to use it
Car of choice for Royalty Worldwide
Ultimate representation of luxury and class at a fraction of the price
ABOUT THIS CAR
This specific Daimler has been imported by its Hong Kong owner in 2014. Tax paid and Licensed for road use in Hong Kong in 2015. The car is one of few that is optioned to the max and one of the last ones build in the 90s. A fantastic and very impressive machine that can carry eight persons at one time. It has been cared for since he has owned the car and it has drove just 3760 Miles which is a very small amount considering its age!
The body of the Daimler is in an ok condition. The car has scratch and blemish but this can be easily solved. The chrome looks ok throughout. The interior of the Daimler is extremely impressive. The enormous space is unique and the car looks ok interior wise. The front and back of the Daimler is fitted with a leather.
The car runs and drives well and is not in need of a mechanical restoration. The engine starts easily and runs well with smooth idle. The car does not smoke. The automatic gearbox is shifting very well. Most mechanical parts properly working.
The DS420 began production in 1968, replacing the DR450 which had been based on the Majestic Major. Unlike its predecessor, it had no Daimler engineering, but was entirely a Jaguar product, utilising the 4.2 litre version of the Jaguar XK straight-six engine.
The (English) Daimler company was founded in Coventry, England in 1893. It was named after the German inventor Gottlieb Daimler, but never had any business relationship with other car manufacturing companies such as Austro Daimler or Daimler Benz. Jaguar bought the Daimler company in 1960. By all means, commercial and technical, the Daimler DS420 qualifies as a Jaguar car.
Most body panels for the DS420 were manufactured by Motor Panels, and the body was assembled by Park Sheet Metal, both in Coventry. Until 1979, the bare body was then shipped to VandenPlas in Kingsbury, London, for the final assembly. In late 1979, when VandenPlas closed, the final assembly came to Jaguar’s Browns Lane site where a group of specialist craftsmen continued to build this car virtually by hand. The average production was less than one car per day.
A total of 4141 of these Limousines have been produced.
The Daimler DS420 is widely used in official use across the world, including by the Danish Royal House, the Governor of Tasmania, and the Governor of Bermuda in the early 1970s. The vehicle was also purchased by many local authorities and embassies. The Inter-Continental Hotel, Hong Kong, formerly The Regent Hotel has been said to have purchased twenty-two Daimler DS420s across the years. Former users are the courts of Spain, Belgium, Monaco, Morocco, Jordania, Bahrein, and many presidents. The most excentric customer was the American billionaire Howard Hughes. He had a very special interior fitted, including a toilet under the rear bench.
The British Royal Mews is now in possession of three Daimler DS420s available for Royal use on state occasions and for visiting dignitaries. The late British Queen Mother had five of these cars consecutively, and the British Royal Mews still have three DS420 limousines in active service.
One of the most famous late appearances of the DS420 was for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; respectively, both the hearse and the mourning limousine following it were DS420s.
The Royal Family of Denmark, in addition to many other prestigious vehicles, have three Daimler DS420s.
Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, used a Daimler DS420 with the registration number '1' as his official limousine from 1970 to 1988.
TV and film appearances
In the 1997 James Bond film, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, M, Moneypenny, and James Bond ride in a DS420 to London's Heathrow Airport. The limousine is escorted by the Metropolitan Police motorcycle unit. Moneypenny has a built-in laptop computer in the glove compartment.
In the DaVinci Code movie, Sir Leigh Teabing and his guests are collected at the airport in a DS420 with his guests hidden on the floor to evade the police.
The driver sat on a full width bench seat in a relatively upright position which was said to make length-wise adjustment for different sizes of driver unnecessary, although there was 7 cm of telescopic adjustment available on the low-set steering wheel.
The passengers sat on a bench-seat behind the glass division in opulent comfort — the DS420's rear seat spanning over 1.8 m in width. The dimensions of the vehicle are very similar to those of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI with which the limousine was designed to compete, although the Daimler significantly undercut the Rolls-Royce on price.
The top speed available from this 245 bhp (183 kW), three speed automatic, independently suspended, four wheel disc braked Daimler limousine was 110 mph (176 km/h). Undercutting the Phantom VI in price by 50% or more, the big Daimler was considered to be a fine vehicle for the cost with its Le Mans-winning Jaguar engine, the last car to use it, and bespoke construction.
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