was a name applied by British manufacturer Jaguar Cars
to a sequence of luxury automobiles
built by it but carrying the Daimler badge between 1966 and 1983.
The Daimler Sovereigns were based on contemporary Jaguar bodyshells, chassis and engines in an early example of badge engineering
. Jaguar Cars took over the Daimler
company in 1960 and the 1966 Sovereign was the second Daimler
to be based on a Jaguar model. The first was the 2½ litre V8
with a V8 engine designed by Edward Turner
. Unlike the Daimler 2½ litre, the Sovereign had a Jaguar engine, marking the end for the Turner designed engines.
The first Daimler Sovereign was based on the 1966 Jaguar 420
and is sometimes referred to as the "Sovereign 420". Subsequent Sovereigns arose from the Series I, II and III Jaguar XJ6
. In 1983 the model name "Sovereign" was switched to the high specification version of the Series III Jaguar XJ6, the 6-cylinder Daimler based on it simply continuing without a model name. The V12 versions of the Daimler, available from 1972 to 1997, were known as the Daimler Double-Six.
The first Sovereign
was a badge-engineered
version of the Jaguar 420
saloon, which was itself based on the Jaguar S-Type
The 420 and Sovereign differed from the S-Type in having a revised four-headlight nose reminiscent of the Jaguar Mark X
and a 4.2 litre version of the straight-six XK engine
. The main external difference between the 420 and Sovereign was the... Read More