The Chairman of Jaguar at the time “Lofty” England declared that the new V12 luxury saloon was to be baptized the Daimler Double Six, and so it came to pass and a legend was born. The Series III, the final derivative of the Daimler Double Six, arrived in 1979 and like its predecessors benefited from the clean-cut, new body designed by famed Italian design house, Pininfarina.
The new design featured more glass, slightly squarer lines around the roof area, and up to date front and rear styling. The Series III soldiered on until the late 1980s, outliving the XJ6, the departure of which was delayed by problems installing the engine in the new XJ40 series. This was the flagship car in the Jaguar/Daimler line and was produced until the very end of 1992. The term “XJ12” is also inaccurate as this referred only to the base-trim model and the vast majority sold were the upscale V12 Sovereign or Double Six models.
It would be hard to imagine news footage of the 1980s and early 1990s without a member of the cabinet or the House of Windsor ascending elegantly out of a Double Six. No other car of that period epitomised brisk luxury travel like a Daimler, and in such a truly understated British fashion. This car was not concerned with the pomp and showmanship of a Rolls Royce, it was a Daimler and it meant business. The export market adored it.
Rolling off the production line in 1992, finished in a British Racing Green with a Biscuit leather interior, this Double-Six is offered with a current MOT, UK V5 document and shows only 56,700 miles recorded from new, confirmed by a mileage authentication certificate. If ever there was a car which epitomises the Jaguar motto of Grace, Pace and Space, it really must be the classic Double-Six.