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Daimler

Daimler was one of the earliest car building firms, dating back to 1893 when the Daimler Motor Syndicate was formed by F. R. Simms. He brought the German Gottlieb Daimler patents to Britain, and the Daimler Motor Co. Ltd was established way back in 1896 (it was part of the H. J. Lawson conglomerate). In the same year, the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII) took his first ride in a…

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Daimler Regency Mk II/One-o-Four

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    Regency MK II: 1954-56; One-o-Four: 1956-59
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon/limo
  • Engine:
    Overhead valve, in-line six-cylinder 3468cc, 107/137bhp; 4617cc,167bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    16+ sec
  • Top Speed:
    3468cc (137 bhp): 95 mph; 4617cc limousine: 95 mph
  • MPG:
    3468cc: 15-20+; 4617cc: 11-18

Rarely encountered today, these stately, well-respected vehicles are refined and beautifully finished; like all Daimlers of the 1950s they make grand, old money classics. Despite the substantial body work , the creamy six- cylinder engines give pretty good performance for their era but fuel costs are high. The Regency Mk. II and Sportsman saloons arrived in 1954, powered by a 3.5 or 4.5-litre straight six. The (4.5) Regina limousine made its debut at the same time. Regency was ousted a year later by the One-o-Four, also the luxurious One-o-Four Ladies’ saloon (both again offered with 3.5 and 4.5-litre engines). A new eight-seater 4.5-litre limo replaced the Regina, and a new 4.5-litre ‘4-light’ saloon took the place of the short-lived Sportsman.

Daimler Sovereign

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1966-69
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon
  • Engine:
    Twin overhead camshaft, inline six-cylinder. 4235cc, 255bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    10 sec
  • Top Speed:
    125+ mph
  • MPG:
    12-19

These superby appointed upper crust Jags provide rapid performance plus excellent ride comfort, and have an even more upmarket character than the underrated 420 on which they are based, which in itself is essentially an up-gunned S-Type. Saddled with the swift and smooth 4.2-litre XK unit in twin carb form performance is splendid although fuel consumption can be heavy - important if you plan on fairly high annual mileages . You may find examples equipped with manual transmission plus the almost essential overdrive, but the three-speed automatic is the most common fitment. Standard refinements include a heat e d rear window, variable control heating for front and rear passenger compartments and power- assisted steering. Compared to the prices decent Mk2 Jags go for the Daimler is an absolute bargain and we can well see these cars gaining a strong f o l l owing in the near future.

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