DAIMLER DOUBLE SIX - FOR SALE

 

Just eleven years after the launch of the E-type, Jaguar stunned the world with another car capable of nearly 150mph, only this time the car was a 4 door saloon.  The new car, known as the XJ12, looked nearly identical to its six cylinder sister car, the XJ6, which must have surprised a few autobahn users. As with other models in the Jaguar/Daimler range an up-market Daimler version was also offered, the Double Six.

 

The name Double Six harks back to Daimler's heydays in the 1930's when its last V12 limousine model was also called the Double Six.  The XJ12 and Double Six shared their new engine with the new V12 E-type and developed some 253bhp, unfortunately fuel consumption figures were alarmingly low even by Jaguar/Daimler standards.

 

The bodywork of this car is ageless.  It is arguably the most beautiful coupe ever build by Jaguar/Daimler.  This and the performance of the car is simply superb, even in today's traffic.  It's a real gas guzzler but the joy of driving a cat that doesn't only purr but also GROWLS makes up for it.

 

1984 Daimler Double Six

 

In 1971 Jaguar announced its second post-war engine design, the new V12. The new engine broke much new ground for Jaguar and was fitted to the new Series 3 E-Type, later in 1972 it was also fitted to the new "super-saloons", the XJ12/Daimler Double Six.

 

The Jaguar V12 displaced 5343cc and featured overhead camshafts. In E-Type form the V12 produced 272bhp which was enough to propel the car way past the 150mph mark. Following the demise of the E-Type in 1975 the V12 engine lived on in the fuel injected XJS and continued in the XJ12 models right up until the XJ40 V12 in the late 80's.

 

The Daimler coupes are the most prized by serious collectors as they were only produced in such small numbers.  In total only 1,677 Daimler Sovereign coupe were produced, and only 407 of the Daimler Double Six coupes.   Interestingly, they were never shipped to the North American market, most of them went to the UK and European segments.  A mere handful made their way down to Australia.  In total only 2 Daimler Double Six coupes and 2 Daimler Sovereign coupes were imported by Jaguar Australia.   

 

These numbers have been 'swelled' with the private importation of 6 Daimler Double Six coupes and 18 Daimler Sovereign coupes.  To date we only know of 1 Daimler Sovereign coupe in South Africa and 2 of them in New Zealand.   Germany seems to favour the big V12 's as there are 8 known Daimler Double Sixes there.  If you know of any in your country, then please let us know. 

 

Double Six interior

 

Basically, the Daimler double six is a badge engineered Jaguar Xj12.  The extras over the Jag are the 'van den plas' trim, including incredible leather interior, no plastic backings here!  The seats are like armchairs, even in the back (individual armchairs matching the front).  You also get real leather door trims, with mahogany and boxwood inlay.  Lovely.  Remember these cars were 35000 new in the early 1980's.  The mechanicals are Jaguar xj12, being a 5.3 V12 mated to GM three speed auto-box, and limited-slip-diff.  The engine is perfectly balanced, and runs like a turbine, there is nothing quite like it.  The car is so quiet at low revs, they fitted a device to prevent the car being started twice.  A well serviced example will handle very well, it's incredible how a two tonne car can take corners like this and with relatively soft suspension.  

 

Downhill wind behind you 155mph is possible, but that might just be an optimistic speedo!  To own one you need either to be rich or to be a mechanic/welder yourself.  The one major drawback is the 12-14 mpg if you are lucky.

 

The Daimler coupes had a few minor differences from their Jaguar counterparts, apart from the badging and fluted chrome.  The Daimler coupes had their door cappings covered with black vinyl, rather than the matching colour to the rest of the interior.  They also came  with the chromed steel wheels rather than the painted variety.  The Daimler Double Six Coupes also came with Chrome Waist Mouldings along the side of each car.   

 

What is interesting about the Daimler XJC 's is that nowhere on the vehicle is there a badge or sign that says XJC !   The Jaguar XJC 's were badged XJ12C / XJ5.2C or XJ6C / XJ4.2C depending on which market they were sent to.  The Daimler variants were only given a single name badge positioned on the left hand side of the rear number plate. True to period they were in the 'script' style popular at that time. Both these models also had the distinctive 'fluted' chrome adornments to the engine grill and rear number plate, which were characteristic of all the Daimler models.  They also had the round Daimler 'D' script badging on the top of the grill and in the centre of the steering wheel.  

 

 

The Daimler Sovereign coupe was the 6 cylinder / 4.2 litre model, and the Daimler Double Six coupe was the 12 cylinder / 5.3 litre model.  What is interesting about the Daimler XJC 's is that nowhere on the vehicle is there a badge or sign that says XJC !   The Jaguar XJC 's were badged XJ12C / XJ5.2C or XJ6C / XJ4.2C depending on which market they were sent to.  The Daimler variants were only given a single name badge positioned on thme. e left hand side of the rear number plate. True to period they were in the 'script' style popular at that time.

 

The Daimler coupes also had a few stand-alone print advertisements and brochures etc, but mostly they were addendums to Daimler Saloon advertising and or brochures.  One of the cleverest was the set of several pics that was used in print ad campaigns of the seventies.  The set of photographs depicted a chauffeur slowly uncovering a Daimler saloon car.  The same principal was used on the Jaguar version. 

 

 

DAIMLER DOUBLE 6 PRODUCTION

1974     1

1975     76

1976     149

1977     159

1978     22

 

ENGINE:  Jaguar V12 OHC 5343cc 90mm x 70mm bore/stroke

 

 

Daimler Double 6 1981

 

The example we are offering is in exceptional condition - the original classic shape.  Finished in silver metallic with black leather upholstery.  Service history.  Stereo.  MOT and Tax.  Recently serviced.  Comfortable fast luxury motoring.  A bit of old England and a very nice drive.

 

Priced realistically @ 1,595 ovno

Location: Eastbourne in Sussex

 

 
Advantages   Disadvantages
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Comfort   MPG low @ 12-14
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Easy to service and maintain   Engine access awkward
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Can be run economically provided you have mechanical skills    Make sure it works and drives.  It's hard to tow, and you can't bump start.

 

 

 

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