1980 Jaguar Daimler

Sovereing 4.2


  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    68 000 km / 42 254 mi
  • Car type 
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
  • Interior colour 
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  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    150 kW / 204 PS / 202 BHP
  • Fuel type 


POWER: 205
Automatic gearbox
Metallic Gray Exterior Color
Interior Blue and Black Leather
Original plates
When, in 1960, the Daimler car manufacturer was bought by Jaguar, the production of its historic and impressive Majestic and Majestic Major sedans was gradually ceased and, starting in 1968, the "Daimler" logo became a simple trademark of the most prestigious versions of the Jaguar models.

In 1966, the Sovereign was the first Daimler model to be made under the new management, which is why the first version was built on the basis of the Jaguar 420.

From this model onwards, the following Daimler models were all made on the basis of Jaguar models and were always characterized by a few details: in addition to the monogram "D" or the logo in full, the main distinctive elements were the grille and the rear license plate holder characterized with a typical wavy profile.

Particular attention was paid to the interiors which included a very refined set-up and extensive use of fine leather, briar and the affixing of the Daimler logo on the steering wheel cap or, in the latest versions, embroidered on the leather upholstery of the headrests.

The name “Sovereign” was then abandoned in 1986 when, with the launch of the XJ Series III, Jaguar decided to use it for its most prestigious models.

At the end of the seventies it was necessary to update the XJ to the new decade to come, although sales were still strong. The intervention should have been a simple update to keep the model on the market for a few more months, as a completely new subsequent version was already in the advanced stage of planning. In fact, the Series III, presented in March 1979, confirmed its success and became the longest-running and perhaps the most popular XJ series.

The task of making the famous British sedan for the eighties, by now a crucial model of the entire range, more competitive, was entrusted to the expert pencil of Pininfarina. The Turin stylist intervened in a sensitive way on the lines of the XJ, without distorting the true essence of the car.

The most important aesthetic interventions were: the revised grille, the redesigned and enlarged rear lights, the new chrome profile of the tail, new thicker bumpers with the attached rubber profile including the integration of the direction indicators and rear fog lights. rear, the windshield is more inclined, elimination of the front deflectors, new design of the rear windows and a slightly higher passenger compartment. It was thanks to the greater roominess acquired that, for the first time in the history of Jaguar sedans, it was possible to request an electric sunroof as an option.

The interiors were also totally redesigned but maintained the typical opulence of the English brand, with extensive use of natural leather and walnut burl. The most innovative aspect was represented by the first appearance of electronics, offering as accessories one of the first examples of on-board computers and cruise control.

Few, however, the technical innovations. In addition to the 3.4-liter engine that remained unchanged, the 4.2-liter 6-cylinder benefited from fuel adjustments with the adoption of larger injection and valves, which resulted in an increase in maximum power that reached 205 HP at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque, which reached 34 kgm at 2,900 rpm (but 29 kgm were already available at 1,500 rpm), while on the transmission front, two new gearboxes were made available: initially a 5-speed manual ( LT77 derived from the Rover SD1 and subsequently passed to a Getrag) and a 3-speed automatic (General Motors Turbo-HydraMatic for the XJ12 5.3 V12 version and the Borg-Warner Model 66 on the 3.4 and 4.2 liter 6 cylinders ).