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1972 Daimler Sovereign 2.8 Series 1

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  • Mileage66,647
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine2.8L
  • LocationBrighton


1972 Daimler Sovereign 2.8 Series 1

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Alan Stuart
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Grace, pace and space was the tagline for these cars. It still holds true today.

If you were to make a list of the greatest British cars, the original Jaguar XJ6/12 would almost certainly feature on most peoples lists. Granted, the car doesn’t innovate or bring anything new to the luxury car market, but it is the sum of its package, styling and Jaguars rich heritage that marks it out as a trendsetter.

Originally offered with the 2.8-litre and 4.2-litre straight-six engines, the graceful four-door became the default 4 door saloon design template for over two decades for the brand. Today, these original Series 1 cars have become the most desirable – and easily the most valuable – as the purity of the concept singles it out as a design classic.

The Daimler Sovereign is essentially the same car as the Jaguar XJ6, and share everything with trim and badging differences. The first Daimler Sovereign arrived a year after the Jaguar, but curiously have traditionally been cheaper to buy used than the Jaguar. Offered with the same engines, the smaller 2.8-litre models are actually the rarest of the S1 cars.

This example registered in 1972 comes with a solid base and is complete with its original fittings. It has only covered 20K miles over the last 27 years and is presented as a rolling restoration.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Garry the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've owned this car for some 27 years now, it's really time to find its new owner.

Having owned the car for nearly 3 decades, Garry used the car a lot more when first purchased. He tells us that he would take the Daimler annually on the London to Brighton classic car runs as well as leisurely use.

More recently though the car has seen little action, and Garry doesn't see himself using it much going forward either. As a result, he's offering the car for sale for a new owner to take on and restore to their preference.

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Despite its advancing age, the car still has those unmistakable good looks.

Wheels and Tyres

The steel wheels are pitted and show road wear but are ripe for refurbishment. The chrome wheel trims will need replacement or re-chroming. The chrome hubs are presentable, although one is missing its emblem. The mixed brand tyres have a decent thread but are likely to be over 20 years old.


The first thing we can salvage from the body is that the door shut panel gaps are not bad given the age and condition, with no major signs of body distortion. Overall the body is largely dent free too. The car is remarkably free from obvious signs of body rust holes, although the front and back valance, sills, the front end of the wings, inside of the edges of the arches and sills have evidence that rust bubbles have taken hold.

The doors and wings are fairly solid, which is good news, as they have become harder to find. Overall, the most noticeable rust spots seem to congregate around both the lower rear arches and lower portions of the car. The car has received a repair patch to the rear section of the near-side sill. The inner door frames are solid. All doors are straight, with blemishes, although the lower flanks of the passenger doors show signs of surface rust. The areas around the glass seem to be intact.


The car has received at least one paint job in the past, possibly more as there is evidence of missing thick chunks around the front of the car. The overall lustre of paint is good in places but most panels have evidence of blistering, although this is a car that will likely be repainted or perhaps run as a "rat-look" should the new owner be inclined. There are several instances of chips and cracks evident on swage lines and panel edges.

Glass and Trim

The glass is free from significant chips, with an expected amount of wear and tear. The lamination seems to be intact with no obvious fogging. The external chrome is in generally good condition, with signs of wear on the bumpers but don't have major corrosion. All items could be brought up to an acceptable finish.


Despite its less than perfect condition, the appeal and presentation of the interior still ooze class.

Seats and Carpets

The seats do show obvious sign of wear and tear but are typical for a car of this age, with age-related cracking and marks but they're not showing any major rips. The carpet has worn reasonably well but like the seats, will need a good scrub! The headlining is good, with no tears or damage.


The dashboard also shows typical signs of age, with some items likely to need replacement but overall in good condition. There a few signs of cracks and damage on the trim, but the top of the facia, door cards and walnut burr are mostly intact. The dials, switches and controls are in reasonably good condition. A CD player has been installed.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Like the rest of the interior, the steering wheel and gear lever appear to be the original items and are in decent all-round condition with some signs of age.


No matter the size of the engine, it's always a treat to hear a Jaguar straight-six.

Engine and Gearbox

The 2.8-litre engine started on the button during the cold start. The straight-six engine retained its beat once fired up and settled down. There's no doubt that some components and pipework will need replacement or renovation, but the overall presentation is reasonable considering the age of the car. The engine bay is reasonably solid, with some signs of surface rust but nothing that has penetrated the structure from our observation.

Suspension and Brakes

The underside of the car is in fairly good order, with no obvious signs of major structural rust on the floor pan, but really it's a car that needs to be stripped to get a better feel for it. The suspension components and brakes are functional and show evidence of maintenance.

The Drive

One of the main appeals of the XJ Series Jaguars was the ride and comfort. Traditionally a Jaguar strong point, the XJ benefitted from Jaguars ability to combine a charismatic experience in comfort. While there's no denying that this example is in need of attention is still glides is the same fashion as the very best examples. The 2.8-litre engine shares its DNA with the larger units, and if rarity and originality is something that appeals, then this could be a perfect project.

Electrics and Other

The electric system is all said to be functional, with the engine electrics performing as expected. However with the car having seen a lack of use, we would advise that the electrics would need a thorough looking over too as part of the restoration.

History and Paperwork

Backed up with years of MOT's, the car seems in good structural health, a rolling restoration for sure.

The Daimler comes with a pile of MOT's back to the mid-'90s which corresponds with the low recorded mileage on the car. Is appears that the owners have covered not much more than 20K over the last 27 years. The car also comes with several original items when the car was bought new, including a service handbook and sales facility pamphlet.

We have actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
28-04-2017 MOT
30-03-2016 MOT 65,489
18-04-2015 MOT 64,569
11-04-2014 MOT 64,004
18-04-2013 MOT 63,389
18-04-2012 MOT 62,395
30-03-2011 MOT 61,864
19-04-2010 MOT 61,353
24-03-2009 MOT 60,261
10-03-2008 MOT 59,409
19-03-2007 MOT 58,429
10-03-2006 MOT 57,073
06-03-2003 MOT 54,249
05-03-2002 MOT 53,096
08-02-1996 MOT 46,453
01-03-1994 MOT 44,591
05-01-1993 MOT 44,077
Key Details
  • ModelSovereign 2.8
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date1972
  • CC2,792
  • Mileage66,647
  • ColourWhite
  • Interior ColourBlue
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #1T3579BW
  • Engine #7G20837H
  • MOT28-04-2017
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned27 years
  • Key FeatureRolling Restoration

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Hello there. If that Daimler of yours is not sold, I will like to bay it. Could you please let me know. My phone number is: 07727056345
Thank you.



£3,500 bid by SEFER 05.02.2021 @ 19:34:00
£3,080 bid by SEFER 05.02.2021 @ 19:31:24
£2,850 bid by penfold 05.02.2021 @ 11:08:13
£2,501 bid by SEFER 05.02.2021 @ 09:35:23

can the car been seen before auction ends

Kulraj Salh

Hi Harry,

If you contact us during business hours, we’ll help to arrange a viewing at a time that suits Garry. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics


ok will think about thanks


could i veiw car thanks

£2,300 bid by shelldone 01.02.2021 @ 17:30:43

do you have contact number

Kulraj Salh

Hi SEFER, you can ask questions here, it keeps everything transparent for all. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£1,900 bid by SEFER 30.01.2021 @ 15:53:30

4000 can come tomorrow thanks

Kulraj Salh

Hi, all bids have to be placed in the bidding panel. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£1,650 bid by clarkmotoreng 29.01.2021 @ 19:19:47

Hi Gary,
Please could you tell me if the front wings are sound and free from filler and any rot ? Are there any other areas typically probed to rust ? Regards Mark


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