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.