New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

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 Toy­ or call 09 527 0122 to find your near­est re­tailer.

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