From 1972 Jaguar's 5.3-litre V12 engine was available in the XJ range, and for the Daimler version a name used by the company from 1926 to 1938 was revived. Sir William Lyons had retired from Jaguar in 1972 and the new chairman was FRW (Lofty) England. Lofty England had been a Daimler apprentice from 1927 to 1932 and taken second place in the first ever RAC rally driving a 30/40 hp Daimler Double-Six and so he decreed that the new V12 Daimler would be known as Double-Six.
Unlike the Jaguar, the twelve-cylinder Daimler had the same radiator grill as its six-cylinder sibling, and externally only the badges distinguished them. The Double-Six followed the same changes as the Sovereign from Series I to Series III, although the Sovereign name was transferred to Jaguar, the Double-Six name remained with Daimler throughout Series III production, which continued until 1992.
1990 Daimler Double Six Series 3 HE ownned by the last owner for the last four years and much loved by him as shown by the history and maitainance file which includes the original service book duly stamped from the early years. Previously, this was in a ‘dry climate’ overseas so the present speedometer was recalibrated to reflect total miles (rather than the previous in KM), all of which is meticulously documented in the car’s paperwork and service book. Bodywork, interior and even the engine compartment is said to be immaculate- the last owner inspected ten other XJ’s before selecting this one from a specialist dealer. Being retired and cars a hobby interest, the owner has enjoyed cleaning the car up (including engine compartment) to a standard where it could be shown at any event and attract praise. Tyres are excellent- all premium replaced 2015 and 5,000 miles ago, the air conditioning has received work to make it properly chilly, battery, numerous bushings etc… all listed in the file. The interior trim, leather and lining is time-warp lovely and it is excellent and very genuine underneath. MOT until October 2020- no advisories.
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