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New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITOR’S PICK -

aguar’s XJ6 range of sedans made a huge im­pact on world car mar­kets at the model’s launch in 1968. It be­came renowned for smooth­ness, han­dling qual­ity, and value for money. In the XJ6, Jaguar had a true full-size lux­ury ve­hi­cle.

The com­pany was en­joy­ing great sales suc­cess on the back of many rac­ing achieve­ments, not to mention the E-type, the facelift of the smaller MKII body into the ‘Slim­line’ mod­els of 240 and 340, and the slightly more op­u­lently trimmed Daim­ler mod­els.

This par­tic­u­lar 1980 Daim­ler Sovereign Se­ries II, ar­rived in Dunedin from the UK in 1988. A 4.2-litre model fit­ted with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, it was an ideal car for tour­ing the great roads through Cen­tral Otago in.

The cur­rent owner, in Gore, pur­chased the Daim­ler in 2005, and it has spent its years since well garaged. It has been reg­u­larly ser­viced and main­tained, and its owner has spared no ex­pense in keep­ing it in great shape and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the qual­i­ties of own­ing one of these de­light­ful, roomy sedans. It has ven­tured onto Cen­tral Otago roads with a full com­ple­ment of pas­sen­gers en­joy­ing the un­canny smooth ride and han­dling these cars are noted for.

On a re­cent short drive, it was noted that, at just ap­proach­ing 103,000 miles (165,762km), the 4.2-litre six-cylin­der Jaguar en­gine starts and runs typ­i­cally smoothly, pulling well through the gears. There is that muted Jaguar growl, and there is lit­tle wind noise to in­ter­rupt the en­joy­ment as it pro­vides ef­fort­less driv­ing through the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which matches the smooth­ness of these en­gines. Gear changes are made quickly, and all ap­pears to be well in the trans­mis­sion de­part­ment.

All the switches and di­als are in work­ing or­der, and this re­ally is a ve­hi­cle which re­wards care­ful look­ing af­ter. For its age, the leather-trimmed in­te­rior is in very good or­der and would ben­e­fit from a bit of Con­nelly care. The seats are large and very sup­port­ive, and, of course, there is that leather smell!

A tow bar is fit­ted, so this could be an ideal ve­hi­cle for tow­ing the fam­ily car­a­van or boat these hol­i­days, or join­ing in on some of those ex­cel­lent clas­sic car club ral­lies that the South Is­land is es­tab­lish­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for.

The owner ac­knowl­edges the need for this car to be driven more and en­joyed — just 1500 miles (2414km) have been added in 11 years — so the hard de­ci­sion was made to of­fer it for sale.

At $7500, this rep­re­sents a lot of car for the money, with years of life left in it.

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