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A closer look at the two Daimler XJC
variants

the Daimler Sovereign Coupe and the Daimler Double Six Coupe


What is interesting about the Daimler XJC 's is that nowhere on the vehicle is there a badge or sign that says XJC !   The Jaguar XJC 's were badged XJ12C / XJ5.2C or XJ6C / XJ4.2C depending on which market they were sent to.  The Daimler variants were only given a single name badge positioned on the left hand side of the rear number plate. True to period they were in the 'script' style popular at that time. Both these models also had the distinctive 'fluted' chrome adornments to the engine grill and rear number plate, which were characteristic of all the Daimler models.  They also had the round Daimler 'D' script badging on the top of the grill and in the centre of the steering wheel.  

 

Daimler Double Six Coupe

 

Daimler Sovereign Coupe

 


The Daimler Sovereign coupe was the 6 cylinder / 4.2 litre model, and the Daimler Double Six coupe was the 12 cylinder / 5.3 litre model.  What is interesting about the Daimler XJC 's is that nowhere on the vehicle is there a badge or sign that says XJC !   The Jaguar XJC 's were badged XJ12C / XJ5.2C or XJ6C / XJ4.2C depending on which market they were sent to.  The Daimler variants were only given a single name badge positioned on the left hand side of the rear number plate. True to period they were in the 'script' style popular at that time. 

Daimler Double Six Coupes


Daimler Sovereign Coupes

The Daimler coupes are the most prized by serious collectors as they were only produced in such small numbers.  In total only 1,677 Daimler Sovereign coupe were produced, and only 407 of the Daimler Double Six coupes.   Interestingly, they were never shipped to the North American market, most of them went to the UK and European segments.  A mere handful made their way down to Australia.  In total only 2 Daimler Double Six coupes and 2 Daimler Sovereign coupes were imported by Jaguar Australia.   These numbers have been 'swelled' with the private importation of 6 Daimler Double Six coupes and 18 Daimler Sovereign coupes.   To date we only know of 1 Daimler Sovereign coupe in South Africa and 2 of them in New Zealand.   Germany seems to favour the big V12 's as there are 8 known Daimler Double Sixes there.  If you know of any in your country, then please let us know. 

Daimler XJC  Production  by  Year

MODEL

1973 1974 1975 1976 1977

1978

Daimler Sovereign     471 587 613 6
Daimler Double-Six   1 76 149 159 22


The Daimler coupes had a few minor differences from their Jaguar counterparts, apart from the badging and fluted chrome.  The Daimler coupes had their door cappings covered with black vinyl, rather than the matching colour to the rest of the interior.  They also came  with the chromed steel wheels rather than the painted variety.  The Daimler Double Six Coupes also came with Chrome Waist Mouldings along the side of each car.    


Daimler Advertising

The Daimler coupes also had a few stand-alone print advertisements and brochures etc, but mostly they were addendums to Daimler Saloon advertising and or brochures.  One of the cleverest was the set of several pics that was used in print ad campaigns of the seventies.  The set of photographs depicted a chauffeur slowly uncovering a Daimler saloon car.  The same principal was used on the Jaguar version. 

 
 

 

 

A UK brochure that covers both of the 
Daimler Coupe models.  14 pages with 
colour photographs.
UK Black and White brochure from 1974. 
16 pages with ten
glossy b/w photos.
Sedans & Coupes 
 UK bi-fold card
printed in full colour,
that shows both the 
Daimler Sedan & Coupe models.

 

Daimler Books & Manuals

The Daimler Coupes are also a bit short in the Daimler only books department.  However the Daimler model does win out with its very own restoration guide.  A step by step guide to fully restoring a Daimler Sovereign Coupe.  This excellent soft cover book was the first publication put out for members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in the United Kingdom.  Workshop manuals were always in conjunction with the same engine sized Jaguar model. We are still waiting on receiving scans of the Daimler handbooks. 

 
220 plus pages mostly in black and white.  Step by step restoration of a
Daimler Sovereign XJC.
Very comprehensive,
highly recommended.
ISBN: 1 873098 31 6
Kelsey Publishing Ltd - UK Price: AUD $59.95


90 colour pages
100 's of colour photographs.
compact soft cover
Special feature of a
Daimler Sovereign Coupe.
worth a look.
ISBN: 1 872004 81 4
Windrow & Greene Ltd - UK Price: AUD $39.95


Parts Catalogue for the
Daimler Sovereign Coupe.
Covers everything in detail,
see how things go together.
Hard to find but must have !
Part Number: RTC 9097B
Price: AUD $129.95 British Leyland UK Ltd - UK


Parts Catalogue for the
Daimler Double Six Coupe.
Covers everything in detail,
see how things go together.
Hard to find but must have !
Part Number: RTC 9089B
British Leyland UK Ltd - UK Price: AUD $129.95


Owners Workshop Manual
covers the
Daimler Sovereign Coupe.
Learn how to repair the easy
stuff and then the hard stuff.
Lots of detail and diagrams.
Easy to find second hand.
ISBN: 1 85696 499 9
Price: AUD $49.95 Haynes Publishing Group - UK


Owners Workshop Manual
covers the 
Daimler Double Six Coupe.
Learn how to repair the easy
stuff and then the hard stuff.
Lots of detail and diagrams.
Easy to find second hand.
ISBN: 1 85010 345 3
Haynes Publishing Group - UK Price: AUD $49.95


Daimler Bits and Pieces

No mistaking the
Daimler front grill
Daimler fluted number
plate light cover
The stylish
Daimler treadplate
1970's Daimler 
Key Ring

The Daimler coupes are sometimes the forgotten duo when people talk about XJC 's.  Ironic in a way as the Daimler versions are much more rarer and some would say, much more beautiful.  Whatever your opinion, you have to agree that the Daimler and Jaguar XJC 's really do compliment each other. 

Additional Daimler XJC items of interest will be added as they come to hand. Check back soon.