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Q: I’ve been of­fered a Series 1 Daimler Sov­er­eign as a project and it’s a solid ex­am­ple so I’m tempted to have a go. One thing puz­zles me though: I’d al­ways thought the Daimler was the top-end model in the Jaguar range yet this car comes with a 2.8-litre en­gine. I’ve had a quick look and it is an XK en­gine not a later XJ40 unit but would it have been fit­ted from new?

A: Yes. Al­though the Sov­er­eign was the top-of-the-range trim level, it was pos­si­ble to or­der the car with the smaller en­gine, al­though very few were pro­duced. It was mroe pop­u­lar in ex­port mar­kets which pe­nalised the larger en­gine sizes, so UK ex­am­ples are pretty rare.

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