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1976 Daimler DS 420

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1976 Daimler DS 420

Riverhead, NY English White · 6 Cylinder
Just Arrived this Rare Built to order for Royalty!! 1976 Daimler DS420 LIMO- VERY RARE English White also known as (The Princess) for obvious reasons.............a little history on The Daimler....... This "last of the real limousines" was built by Daimler from 1968 until 1992. Many small changes were incorporated during these 25 years. They allow the actual age of a car to be determined quite accurately just from its external appearance. The (English) Daimler company was founded in Coventry, England in 1893. It was named after the German inventor Gottlieb Daimler, but never had any business relationship with other car manufacturing companies such as Austro Daimler or Daimler Benz. Jaguar bought the Daimler company in 1960. By all means, commercial and technical, the Daimler DS420 qualifies as a Jaguar car. Most body panels for the DS420 were manufactured by Motor Panels, and the body was assembled by Park Sheet Metal, both in Coventry. Until 1979, the bare body was then shipped to VandenPlas in Kingsbury, London, for the final assembly. In late 1979, when VandenPlas closed, the final assembly came to Jaguars Browns Lane site where a group of specialist craftsmen continued to build this car virtually by hand. The average production was less than one car per day. 4141 of these limousines were built, and another 903 cars were delivered in chassis-only form to the hearse manufacturers Wilcox, Eagle Specialist Vehicles, Woodall Nicholson and Thomas Startin Jr. The clientele was very mixed: limousine rental companies such as Hertz/Daimler Hire and Avis bought this car in large quantities. It was equally popular with funeral companies. and the Co-op was the single largest customer. The Regent hotel in Hong Kong was another large customer, with over 20 of these cars. But it was also bought for Heads of State, Ministries of Defence (the car could be equipped with armour plating) and many other Government agencies through the entire Commonwealth. The late British Queen Mother had five of these cars consecutively, and the British Royal Mews still have three DS420 limousines in active service. The Royal Courts of Danmark and Sweden and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg also have this model in active service. Former users are the courts of Spain, Belgium, Monaco, Morocco, Jordania, Bahrein, and many presidents. The most excentric customer was the American billionaire Howard Hughes. He had a very special interior fitted, including a toilet under the rear bench. Two cars were factory-built as landaulettes: one for the Governor General of the West Indies in Jamaica, and one for the President of Sudan. These landaulettes were the most expensive cars ever in the BLMC price list. The DS420 is now very popular in the wedding hire business. The spacious interior is ideal for brides with large dresses, or it can carry many bridesmaids. There are currently around 200 wedding companies showing a DS420 on their web sites. Many wedding cars are converted to landaulettes. Most new cars were sold in black. Black over Carlton grey was another popular combination. But black cars are hard to find nowadays most wedding cars now carry a two tone combination of light colours. The price at its introduction in 1968 was A sd 4424.9.5 (UK market, sales tax included). The last cars in 1992 had a sales price of A 45,000.-, and the difference corresponds to a sustained price increment of 10% per year. This inflation was not equally spread: from 1973 to 1976 the price doubled, and it doubled again in the next three years. The drivers affectionately nicknamed this model "the Old Lady". In general they were unhappy with the comfort in the drivers compartment: narrow, noisy, stuffy and hot. Until twin seats were introduced in 1984, the drivers bench could not be adjusted at all. The steering column can move inward and outward over three inch approx., giving a choice between "too close" and "much too close". Looks and runs great we ar
WeBe Autos Specializes in Marketing and Advertising Muscle, Classic, Vintage and Specialty Cars. We offer Professional Photography, HD Movies, and Staging that Sells Cars. We have over 6,000 cars in stock at any time, if you are Looking for a Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Corvette or a Mustang Chances Are we Have your Dream Car. Let us showcase and sell your specialty car. Please visit our website for more details. ?Keep in Touch, Michael Runnalls Specialty Car Marketing & Media WeBe Autos Ltd. Long Island, NY 11780 Michael@WeBeAutos.com www.WeBeAutos.com (O)631-339-0399 (C)516-729-2003 Skype: webeautos (F)631-389-2605 When you Love What You Do You Never have to Go To Work...

1976 Daimler DS 420 Specifications

  • VIN

    41450676
  • Classic Car ID

    100954916
  • Stock Number

    41450676
  • Category

    Import Classics
  • Condition

    N/A
  • Trim Body Style

  • Bodystyle

    N/A
  • Doors

    N/A
  • Suspension

  • Suspension

    N/A
  • Engine

  • Engine

    6 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain

    N/A
  • Transmission

  • Transmission

    Automatic
  • Exterior

  • Exterior Color

    English White
  • Custom Exterior Color

    N/A
  • Interior

  • Interior Color

    Burgundy
  • Seat Color

    N/A

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