Sov­er­eign time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1959

Jaguar in­tro­duces the Mk2 in Septem­ber, which ul­ti­mately forms the ba­sis of the 420 and Sov­er­eign. Browns Lane quickly be­gins de­vel­op­ment of its new com­pact of­fer­ing into an en­tire range of saloons, in­clud­ing 1962’s Daim­ler 2.5 V8 and 1963’s S-type.

1964

Browns Lane be­gins work on a new sa­loon range to ad­dress the mixed re­ac­tion to the S-type and poor sales of the MkX, par­tic­u­larly with US buy­ers. It also launches the 4.2-litre ver­sion of the XK straight-six – which goes on to power the 420 and Sov­er­eign – in the lat­est ver­sion of the E-type.

1965

James Smil­lie of Daim­ler dealer, Strat­stone’s, com­plains to Wil­liam Lyons that cus­tomers trad­ing in their 2.5 V8s have noth­ing new to move up to – and is promptly in­vited to view a Daim­ler-badged ver­sion of a 420 pro­to­type. He sug­gests the name ‘Sov­er­eign’ for the new of­fer­ing.

1966

The 420 is launched at the Earls Court Mo­tor Show, and then the Los An­ge­les show later that month.

1968

420 pro­duc­tion ends in Novem­ber to make way for the XJ6 Se­ries 1. In the end 10,326 Jaguar 420s have been made.

1969

Sov­er­eign pro­duc­tion ends, af­ter 5824 ex­am­ples have been made over two years. The last leaves Browns Lane in July and is sold through Strat­stone’s, the dealer that cham­pi­oned its de­vel­op­ment.

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