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1986 Daimler DS420 Limousine

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  • Mileage~117,000
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine4.3L
  • LocationWorcester Park


1986 Daimler DS420 Limousine

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Alan Stuart
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A favourite of many a Royal Family, this DS420 is ready for official duties.

The Daimler DS420 aka the Daimler Limousine was produced between 1968 up until '92. The car was designed for official use and was very popular with chauffeur services and hoteliers. Used as an official state car in many countries, no other limousine model has been delivered to more reigning monarchs than the DS420.

Built on the floorplan of the Jaguar 420G, with the wheel base extended 21", the car was graced with the traditional Daimler fluted grille and Jaguar 420G headlights. The car also shared the twin 38L fuel tanks in each of the rear wings, each with its own electric SU pump selected on the dashboard.

This cream DS420 Limousine has been owned by Clive for the previous 8 years, used in his now closed wedding events business, the car is ready for its luxury transportation duties.

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

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Meet the owner

The DS420 has served me very well over the past years as a professional chauffeur.

Clive has loved driving this DS420 over the previous 8 years, covering ~8,000 miles in the car over his careful ownership. He closed the wedding events business a few years ago, and so now the car has just been used for the odd journey to keep it ticking over.

He's used the car occasionally as a luxury wedding chauffeur and meanwhile can often be found cleaning and polishing the DS420 on the weekend. With the car no longer needed to be put to work, and a change in circumstance for Clive, he's looking to find the car a new home. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

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A design that barely changed in ~25 years of manufacture, it's all about passenger comfort.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheels look excellent on this example, painted in the same color as the body and featuring chrome hubs with the Daimler logo.

The tyres look in great condition with plenty of tread for the new owner. Take a look through the photos and video footage of the exterior.


A car with vast panels to cocoon the passengers in comfort, all the panel gaps look correct as you would expect from a luxury limousine of this calibre.

Each panel looks to match the age and mileage of the car, please view the exterior videos to view each panel from many angles and to really appreciate the curves on this car's bodywork.


The paint looks great on this example, we like the cream colourway which allows the car to set the scene at any wedding. As you would expect the paint is even in finish and colour across all panels.

When getting close to this example we did notice a little wear under the front windscreen and rear window. The car was originally black, but Clive had the car painted cream for use in his wedding event business.

Glass and Trim

All the glass and chrome trim is in great condition, the glass looks clean and free from any major cracks, chips or scratches. Please take a look at the detailed videos and photos for a closer look of the exterior of this car.


A luxurious interior trimmed in leather and wood, masses of cabin space for the passengers.

Seats and Carpets

The DS420 Limousine offers a luxurious space for 6 on premium leather. The seats have held their shape over the past 35 years, but there is some cracking and wear, to the rear passenger seat and drivers seat.

The grey carpets look good, Clive has fitted sheepskin carpets in the rear to increase the luxury. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the interior.


A luxurious display of controls gauges and switches set in wood for the driver to use.

The burl walnut dash looks excellent in this example, with all the gauges clear and easily legible. Clive reports all the buttons and gauges are working well on this luxury limousine with no problems noted.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The DS420 had a fascia very similar to contemporary Mark X and 420G Jaguars retaining the "pencil-thin" steering wheel you see on Daimlers.

The steering wheel appears in very good condition along with the automatic gear selector for the age and mileage of the car.


The all-independent suspension provides excellent ride characteristics, while the six-cylinder XK engine ensured no shortage of power.

Engine and Gearbox

The DS420 power-plant was a 4,235cc Jaguar XK straight-six, coupled to a silky smooth three-speed automatic gearbox.

Clive reports a great drive in the DS420, please take a look at the mechanical video to see Clive starting the car from cold without any fuss.

Suspension and Brakes

4-wheel independent suspension offered a "cloud-like" drive in this DS420 Limousine, while the 4-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes tame the XK straight-six engine.

Just like the engine, the suspension and brakes have always been given the attention they deserve and Clive reports no unusual sounds or knocks from the suspension and notes the brakes are very responsive with no issues.

The Drive

Ready for wedding transportation straight away reports Clive. Effortless performance with cloud-like ride characteristics, an experience you need to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

Electrics and Other

Clive reports everything is working as it should with the electrics. Please take a look at the interior, exterior, and mechanical photographs and videos for a full in-depth tour of the car.

History and Paperwork

UK RHD in cream, well maintained classic luxury limousine ready for official transportation duties.

Please take a look at the detailed photos of the included paperwork, service history, MOT, and receipts that show the upkeep of this car.

In 2018 the car received work on the subframe and a rebuilt power steering system. In 2017 the car received new rear shock absorbers.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi. The car was subject to a Category C insurance loss (recorded on the cars former registration number) in August 1998.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
04.03.2021 MOT 117,328
09.03.2020 MOT 117,130
07.03.2019 MOT 116,338
12.03.2018 MOT 115,208
09.03.2017 MOT 114,174
08.03.2016 MOT 113,032
11.03.2015 MOT 111,906
07.03.2014 MOT 110,580
08.03.2013 MOT 109,746
22.02.2012 MOT 108,580
22.02.2011 MOT 107,447
03.02.2010 MOT 106,956
17.01.2009 MOT 105,870
06.03.2008 MOT 104,424
22.12.2006 MOT 103,717
22.03.1989 Service 26,600
01.08.1988 Service 17,788
19.01.1988 Service 11,770
27.06.1987 Service 6,880
30.09.1986 Service 1,070
Key Details
  • ModelDS420 Limousine
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date01.08.1986
  • CC4,235
  • Mileage~117,000
  • HistoryPresent
  • ColourCream
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SADDWATL3AC200829
  • Engine #7M005228L
  • MOTYes. Exp - 11.03.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers7
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned7 years
  • Key FeatureElegance

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£5,051 bid by Wojciech43 06.05.2021 @ 19:31:57
£4,850 bid by rooney 06.05.2021 @ 19:24:23

Not very happy. I want to bid on this car but I have not received my account confirmation email. Amazingly enough an email to sales works and I got an automated confirmation reply. Not great for sellers if folk cant bid!

Kulraj Salh

Hi Mark, must be a problem with your email provider i’m afraid. As discussed on the phone, the registration confirmation email has been sent from our side. Sorry it didn’t work out for you on this auction. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£4,001 bid by Siddeley 06.05.2021 @ 19:02:00
£3,701 bid by Voja 06.05.2021 @ 18:02:05
£3,500 bid by Wojciech43 06.05.2021 @ 15:43:04
£3,201 bid by mfaizand 05.05.2021 @ 11:32:04
Mark Anson
Mark Anson

What damage was there to the car to make it a category C write-off?

£3,000 bid by LordBob 04.05.2021 @ 13:13:31
£2,701 bid by mfaizand 04.05.2021 @ 12:02:30

Forgot go ask can I take her for a test drive and a check over


Yes of course pls call to arrange

clive manley
clive manley

yes, you are very welcome to test drive, just let me know when is convenient.
My number is ******* 1 to arrange.
Cheers Clive

Ricco Luxa
Ricco Luxa

Sorry just read that back and a few mistakes
Any sign of water in the oil need reg please

Ricco Luxa
Ricco Luxa

Interedted in this beauty
I have owned 2 in the passed so need to ask
Any leaks from the front and back windscreens
Door bottoms are the filled with filler floor pans zy rusty holes
One last thing any sigsbof water in the oil
Can I please have the reg number to do checks
Thanks for your time


Hi there

No water in the oil runs like a dream. Very small oil leak at back of engine, if you would like more info pls call me on ****

£2,500 bid by Rogers147 30.04.2021 @ 01:36:04

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