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1987 Daimler DS420 Special Order Touring Limousine For Sale In London (RHD)
- A unique example without division and featuring fully electric reclining front seats.
- Built for the personal use of Sir John Egan, former chairman of Jaguar Cars.
- Built with seven seats.
- Additionally used for VIP duties and formerly part of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
- One of a kind and the ultimate four-door touring limousine.
Finished in Regent Grey metallic coachwork with Claret wool seats and light Grey carpets. Chassis number #200899 was built to order for the chairman of Jaguar Daimler, Sir John Egan, the car was tailor-made to his brief (an office on wheels) and to showcase the top of the line car. It really was one of a kind with no rear division and fully electric front seats, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, flag pole for VIP duties, central locking, rear picnic tables, integrated in-car phone and extra large door pockets to name just a handful of options.
Having been maintained regardless of the expense whilst in the ownership of Jaguar and following Sir John Egan’s exit from the company, the car was used for VIP duties and after the closing of Browns Lane, the Daimler was gifted to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
Sir John was credited as the man who saved Jaguar when he became Chief Executive in 1980. Once, a proud Jaguar had been lost within the chaos of British Leyland, a byword for British industry, its factory was not even operating when Egan arrived for his first day, he was greeted at the gate by a workforce on strike. The odds against saving Jaguar were enormous, he recalls ‘quality was appalling, the workforce bitter, the management disillusioned and it was haemorrhaging money’. The Labour government had introduced the ‘closed shop’ giving unions and their militant shop stewards immense power. Egan achieved his turnaround, however, nine years later, the revived business was bought by Ford for £1.6 Billion.
The DS420, popularly known as the Daimler Limousine, was the last of the large formal limousines produced by The Daimler Company Limited between 1968 and 1992, a line which reached back to the dawn of motoring. The vehicles were used extensively as official state cars in many countries, including by the British, Danish and Swedish royal families.
Originally the cars were built at the Vanden Plas works in Kingsbury North London. Early examples bore the ‘Daimler Vanden Plas’ designation on treadplates and workshop manuals, but production moved to Jaguar in Coventry in 1979, where it continued until 1992. The move to Coventry also brought the third and most extensive facelift in the car’s life, when larger bumpers and a revised rear number-plate surround were fitted. The car remained completely recognisable from its inception to the very last example built, remaining dignified, stylish and incomparably British.
The British Royal Mews possesses three Daimler DS420s for Royal use on state occasions and general use. The late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had four DS420 models over the years (all registered NLT1 or NLT2), including one of the last three cars to be produced in 1992, (two going to Queen Elizabeth II, and the other retained by Jaguar for use in Coventry.
In the 1997 James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, M, Moneypenny, and James Bond ride in, what else, a DS420 to Heathrow Airport. The limousine is escorted by the Metropolitan Police motorcycle unit, and Moneypenny uses the cars unusual extra, a built-in laptop computer in the glove compartment!
This particular car was originally built for Sir John Egan, chairman of Jaguar Cars as an office car, thus making it a one of a kind. Post Sir John’s departure from the company the vehicle was retained by Jaguar for occasional VIP duties. With the closure of Jaguar Browns Lane plant it was gifted to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. Showing 69,000 miles from new, the vehicle has service records with stamps from Jaguars own service department and is in excellent condition throughout.
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