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Daimler Double Six 5.3

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  • Make sure it works, hard to tow, and can't bump start!
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      04.07.2002 07:58
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      • "Make sure it works
      • hard to tow
      • and can't bump start!"

      Daimler Double Six, badge engineered Jaguar XJ12. The extras over the Jag are the 'Van den Plas' trim, including incredible leather interior, no plastic backings here! The seats are like armchairs, even in the back (individual armchairs matching the front) You also get real leather door trims, with mahogany and boxwood inlay. Lovely. Remember these cars were £35000 new in the early 1980's. The mechanicals are Jaguar XJ12, ie 5.3 V12 engine mated to GM three speed auto-box, and limited-slip-diff. The engine is perfectly balanced, and runs like a turbine, there is nothing quite like it. The car is so quiet at low revs, they fitted a device to prevent the car being started twice. A well serviced example will handle very well, it's incredible how a two tonne car can take corners like this, and with relatively soft suspension. Little known facts: the running gear of this car is the same as the famous E-type, and downhill wind behind you 155mph is possible! To own one you need either to be rich or to be a mechanic/welder, but remember they are straightforward to work on, just like a Meccano set. 12 mpg if you are lucky. Most expensive things I've had to do were windscreen (£300) and ECU (£200) so far. Good luck, you will not be disappointed.

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