The Daimler Sovereign was introduced at the October 1966 London Motor Show, and produced for two years as the ultimate expression of a series of ‘compact sporting saloons’ offered by Jaguar throughout that decade, all of which shared the same wheelbase. Developed from the Jaguar S-Type, the 420 cost around £200 more. The S-Type continued to be sold alongside the 420/Sovereign until both were supplanted by the Jaguar XJ6 late in 1968.
Finished in Gunmetal Metallic with a St. James red leather interior, this 420 is offered with a history file dating back to the mid-1980s. In 1985 and with 16,000 miles recorded the Jaguar was bought by a Mr. Norman Lewes. Lewes treated his new Jaguar to new tyres, shock absorbers, a stainless exhaust and also halogen lights.
Now showing c. 23,000 miles recorded (believed genuine judging by the condition of the interior and pedals), the 420 has benefitted from recent recommissioning work followed by a decent shakedown run of c. 300 miles. Whilst the interior presents well, we understand the paintwork would benefit from some attention due to microblistering in places, for which we have made an allowance in the estimate. Having said that we firmly believe with a little more cosmetic attention this would make a very stylish, practical, smooth and powerful classic car.