Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -


Patrick Moyni­han’s 1967 Daim­ler Sovereign was bought by his fa­ther when it was just four months old, hav­ing orig­i­nally been used by a Jaguar man­ager. Own­er­ship passed to Patrick in 1981. ‘I had to com­pletely re­build it, as the car was rot­ten. It took five years to do the work prop­erly, as ev­ery­thing be­low knee level had to be re­placed. It took 476 hours of cutting and weld­ing, but the re­sult was worth it as the car won nu­mer­ous con­cours when it was fin­ished 22 years ago. Now the car is driven more than shown; I’m not afraid to use it in all weath­ers as it’s well un­der­sealed. I’ve also made a few tweaks to make it more us­able. An XJ40 four-speed au­to­matic gear­box is fit­ted, which makes the Daim­ler far more re­laxed on the mo­tor­way and also al­lows me to get around 20mpg on a run.’

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