1969 Daimler Sovereign MUR 916H

Sitting partially uncovered on the streets of Bristol was this 51 year old Daimler Sovereign.

Essentially a rebranded version of Jaguar’s 420 saloon, which itself was based on the earlier Jaguar S-Type, the Daimler Sovereign is easily distinguished by its fluted radiator grille and Daimler badging.

Why would you choose the more expensive (~6.5%) Daimler Sovereign over the Jaguar 420 saloon? Well, the Daimler was aimed at more mature clientele and the Jaguar was a sportier proposition aimed at the younger gentleman.

The Daimler gave you all of the Jaguar 420’s optional extras as standard, including power-assisted steering and a heated rear window plus overdrive for those cars fitted with a manual transmission. Its interior differed too, with higher quality materials and more luxury than that of its Jaguar sibling.

This particular car was made on the very last year of production and features a twin-carburettor 4.2-litre version of Jaguar’s legendary XK engine which produced a healthy 245hp.

Just 5,824 Daimler Sovereigns were made during a three-year production run.

Despite being well beyond MOT exemption, MUR 916H has a current MOT, and had covered just short of 73,000 miles when the test was carried out in May of last year.

  • MUR 916H 1969 Daimler Sovereign
  • MUR 916H 1969 Daimler Sovereign front
  • MUR 916H 1969 Daimler Sovereign front under car cover
  • 1969 Daimler Sovereign MUR 916H parked
  • 1969 Daimler Sovereign MUR 916H
  • 1969 Daimler Sovereign MUR 916H
  • 1969 Daimler Sovereign MUR 916H side
Registration Number:MUR 916H
Make:Daimler
Model:Sovereign 4.2
First registered (UK):12 December 1969
Location:Bristol

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Oli Woodman

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