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   5                              1974 Daimler DS420 Limousine
               From The Australia Jaguar Magazine, Edition no 70,
This is what the car looked like when purchased. Gun metal grey with a light blue / grey leather interior. Fortunately the leather is in very good condition, and the body has minimal rust.
In 1968, DS420 Daimler was launched. It took the floor plan of the 420G Jaguar car flagships. The only difference of the Daimler DS420 is its extra 20in or 51 cm length into the wheelbase. The passenger seat is on a bench seat behind the division glass, in opulent comfort. It has a rear seat of more that six feet or 1.38m in width.
The speed available from this model with 245bhp, 3 automatic speed, independently suspended, 4 wheel "disc braked" Daimler limousine was 176km/h or 110mph.
This model have been the funeral trade as hearses or mourners' cars. Many embassies and local authorities bought this type of car. The Regent Hotel in particulary, which is in Hong Kong, runs a 22 cars fleet until now. The Queen Mother - Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth II still have their Daimler DS420 Limousine, the car serves as a reminder of the "royal patronage" that Daimler lost to "Rolls Royce" during the year 50s.

The Daimler DS420 Limousine could easily reach a "110mph" flat but never reached above "30mph".




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