Daimler - DS420 Limousine
The Daimler DS420, popularly known as the Daimler Limousine, began production in 1968, replacing the DR450 which had been based on the Majestic Major. Unlike its predecessor, it had no Daimler engineering, but was entirely a Jaguar product, utilising the 4.2 litre version of the Jaguar XK straight-six engine. It also replaced the Vanden Plas 4-Litre Princess Limousine, and was initially produced at the Vanden Plas works in Kingsbury, North London.  It was based on the floorpan of Jaguar's 420G flagship, but with a wheelbase extended an extra 21 in (533.4 mm). The frontal styling was similar to the original Daimler Sovereign, with the Jaguar four-headlight treatment mated to a Daimler radiator grill bearing the traditional fluting.
New Zealand
New Zealand
Daimler DS420-click for a larger picture
Daimler DS420 
Daimler 420 Limousine
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
North Island, New Zealand
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Number of persons:6  passengersLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur  plus 6 passengersGearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Originally the cars were built at the Kingsbury works from bodyshells made by Park Sheet Metals Company assembling panels supplied by Motor Panels of Coventry and by Pressed Steel Fisher. Production moved to Jaguar in Coventry in 1979, where it continued until 1992.


The move to Coventry also brought the only notable facelift in the car's life, when larger bumpers were fitted and a revised rear number-plate surround. As well as the complete limousine, the factory also supplied part-bodies to external coachbuilders to allow them to construct hearses. Trim levels varied from the base model with wind up windows to a mobile boardroom supposed to become a specific model, that has been told to be used by Jaguar Boss John Egan in 1984, complete with TV, computer, printer and Cocktail Cabinet.  


Always hand-made, the DS420 had a fascia very similar to some contemporary Jaguars, particularly the Mark X and 420G, remaining faithful for many years to the old fashioned steering column and to the pencil-thin steering wheel. Two cars have been built in landaulette bodywork by the factory (and apparently none survived), but many have been converted for the wedding car industry. By 1992 the DS420 was the only model in the Jaguar range still using the XK engine, along with other parts of the drive train and suspension, and although the car still appealed to its traditional customers, production was no longer economic.  


Source: Wikipedia.

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