WIN A CORGI DAIMLER SOVEREIGN (SERIES 1)
Jaguar’s managing director and founding father, Sir William Lyons, orchestrated the purchase of Daimler from the BSA group by Jaguar Cars in May 1960 — the deal was a sensible expansion, as Jaguar desperately needed more factory space. This also meant Jaguar received the compact 2.5-litre Edward Turner– designed V8, which, when fitted to the Mk2 body shell, produced a profitable car different in character to the Jaguar on which it was based. Following BMC’S badge-engineering lead, Jaguar produced a Daimler version of its worldbeating XJ6 that featured Daimler’s classic fluted grille and different trim. At that time, the XJ was the most refined saloon car in the world, and the revival of Daimler’s classic ‘Double-six’ badge, when the XJ12 was announced in 1972, took Jaguar into direct competition with Rolls-royce and Mercedes-benz. Combined production of the Xj-derived Daimler Series 1 and 2 accounted for 45,413 units, roughly a quarter of the type’s entire output. Q.: The Series 1 Xj6-based Sovereign was introduced in October of what year? These models are available from all good toy and hobby shops. Visit Toymod.com or call 09 527 0122 to find your nearest retailer.