We enjoy the Sovereign and put it fully to the test
1 DailY DriViNG
As long as you don’t baulk at the sub20mpg fuel consumption – which is broadly comparable with what you’ll get from a 3.8-litre Mk2 – there’s no reason why you couldn’t enjoy the Daimler on a daily basis. The Varamatic power steering system makes parking easier than it ought to be on a saloon of this size, the three-speed auto is an easygoing companion around town and the fluted-off front actually makes it easier to place in tight spots than its Mk2-derived cousins.
2 iN tHE sErViCE BaY
The XK engine’s shared heritage with other Jaguar and Daimler models means that parts are well supported by a network of specialists – and the Sovereign’s bigger bonnet means that it’s easier to access them all during servicing and repairs. Most of the jobs can be tackled at home by classic devotees with the right tools (and sufficient quantities of tea) but if not then chances are there’ll be a club expert or specialist who’ll be able to help you out.
3 oN tHE sHoW CirCUit
What worked at Goodwood back in its heyday is still entirely appropriate today at the Revival. It’s the perfect machine for the famous Over The Road classic parking area, which frequently has a special area reserved for pre1977 Jaguars and Daimlers. The Daimler will also be waved through the gates at most classic car gatherings up and down the land – not least because of its relative rarity – and it’s worth signing up with either the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club or the Jaguar Drivers’ Club, both of which welcome Daimlers on their many show visits and events.
4 tHE loNG WEEKEND
We reckon this is where the Sovereign plays its ace. It’s usefully longer-legged than Mk2 derivatives that have to rely on the 2.4- and 3.4-litre versions of the XK engine, and the bigger boot means that it’s a more practical companion than the 3.8-litre (and usually more expensive) Mk2. It’ll happily cruise at motorway speeds, and unlike most of its 1960s rivals it’ll also lap up the country roads with aplomb once you reach your destination. Speaking of which…
5 tHE B-roaD Blast
It’s no E-type, but the Sovereign does a superb job of mating a supple ride with confidenceinspiring surefootedness through the corners. It’s not the pick of Browns Lane’s Sixties saloons when it comes to B-road fun – we reckon that honour goes to the 3.4-litre Mk2 – but it’s a far better drive on challenging roads than a Vanden Plas 4-Litre R, Humber Super Snipe or RollsSilver Shadow, all of which serve up similar luxury propositions for this sort of money.
expected lashings of leather, wood and deep pile carpets in the sovereign’s wonderfully period cabin.