Daimler (3) Vanden Plas Double-Six 6️⃣6️⃣ >>>️1️⃣2️⃣
(Daimler Vanden Plas Double-Six ... The short story – extracts: From 1972 Jaguar's 5.3-litre V12 engine was available in the XJ range, and for the Daimler version – a name used by the company from 1926 to 1938 – was revived. Sir William Lyons had retired from Jaguar in 1972, but he managed to do this design (as well as e.g. the E-Type) before he retired ... he was very proud of this model and regarded it as one of his finest. The new chairman was FRW (Lofty) England. Lofty England had been a Daimler apprentice from 1927 to 1932 and taken second place in the first ever RAC rally driving a 30/40 hp Daimler Double-Six and so he decreed that the new V12 Daimler would be known as Double-Six.
In September 1973 and in line with the rest of the Jaguar/Daimler range, a Series II version of the Daimler Vanden Plas Double-Six was introduced (as the one in my photos).
It was powered by Jaguar's V12 5,343cc engine (309 bhp at 6,250 rpm) still with 4 carburettors and the Borg-Warner Model 12 automatic gearbox. Fully independent suspension with anti-dive geometry and servo-assisted disc brakes, low profile radial tyres and power-assisted rack and pinion steering were all included, like in Series I.
The new Series II car e.g. differed visually by its new frontal treatment of a shallower radiator grille surmounting the raised front bumper. A rectangular lower grille was situated between the bumper under-riders. The sidelights and indicators were also now sited under the bumper. Inside the car received a new facia layout with all dials and instruments now sited in front of the driver. For the first time on a British car, fibre optic light-conducting cables were used to illuminate the heating, lighting and ignition panels.
Bright side moldings and a gold coachline were fitted to each body side, and the special metallic paint and the black vinyl covered roof was also still kept from Series I ... overall it didn’t differ that much from Series I.
Disclaimer: I might not personally know neither the owner nor the car, so I can’t guarantee the originality of the car in the photo series I’ve taken). - 10 hours ago