One of 407: 1978 Daimler Double Six

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Years after seeing a Jaguar XJC on Cape Cod, it remains one of my favorite British cars. Admittedly, pillar-less coupes are a difficult design to resist, and these days, they’re an endangered species. This Daimler Double Six is a claimed survivor that was one of the last of its kind to roll off the assembly line. The Jaguar has been listed with a claimed 41,000 miles here on eBay and bidding approaching $13,000.

Obviously, this being a U.K. market car, the steering is on the right hand side. Paired with the automatic, this should’t prove too confusing if this Daimler should makes its way to a RHD country. I doubt it will, because British car fans are fanatical about classic Jaguars and Daimlers, especially a model like the Double Six in survivor condition and packing a V12 under the hood.

The Daimler was parked in 2000 and only exhumed recently. It sounds like the car comes from fairly fastidious family ownership, which would help explain the exemplary condition. Check out the undersides: despite years of storage, not even a glimmer of surface rust anywhere, even the most exposed parts of the chassis.

The seller says there is rust in some places, but none of it is structural in nature. He further notes there’s no evidence of welding repairs or body filler, making it likely it remains accident-free from new. While it is not running currently, it rolls freely and the engine turns over, so hopefully the road to recovery for this nicely preserved Daimler Double Six is a short one.

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  1. edh

    “…likely it remains accident-free from new.”

    So that dent on the leading edge of the front fender on the passenger’s side was like that when it was purchased?

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    • George

      Factory option.

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  2. Oingo

    The dent was an option?

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    • redwagon

      I think it was sarcasm.

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  3. Johnny Gibson

    Always have been a fan of the 70’s Jag/Daimler offerings. In my youth, I was paid to do a 60-mile trip to peel the dealer sticker off the back window so when the car was towed back into town nobody knew it was one of his. They were always a “One of these days cars” for me but handing owners the bill for repairs over the years took the gloss off that idea.

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  4. Woodley

    Not sure where you got $13,000 from, current bidding at £6,600, which is $8,521.

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  5. Sirpike

    Not sure where the ‘ approaching $13,000 ‘ more like £6600 = $8500 ( approx ) .

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  6. Coventrycat

    Sitting for almost twenty years plus the cost of the car will make this the world’s most expensive XJC in the long run.

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  7. Maestro1

    I’m uneasy about 12 cylinder Jaguars, having had one with some difficulties, but it’s definately a collector’s car, and when put right will give amazing performance and much joy.

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