London | Lot 130
1984 Daimler Double Six Long-Wheelbase Saloon
£80,500 GBP | Sold
| Kensington, London, United Kingdom
24 October 2019
- Formerly the car of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II
- Presented in highly original, unrestored condition
- Offered from its first private owner
- Bespoke items unique to this vehicle
This Daimler was delivered new in October 1984 to Buckingham Palace for the personal use of none other than Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Completed at Jaguar’s Coventry facility in the summer of 1984, it was extensively road-tested by factory engineers over roughly 2,000–3,000 miles to ensure it was nothing less than perfect upon delivery.
During the ensuing three years, it was used as Her Majesty’s personal car and in local and low-profile engagements. Some 12,000 miles were accrued during that time, before it was replaced in 1990 by another vehicle. It continued to be used by family members and the Royal Security before being returned and kept at the factory with some 29,000 miles recorded with numerous members of the royal family and other dignitaries as passengers.
Until purchased by the consignor in 2010, the Daimler remained in Jaguar’s corporate ownership—initially Jaguar VIP Leasing, and later the Jaguar Heritage Museum Browns Lane—at the factory, where all maintenance was performed.
Equipped with every available option when new, bespoke items include a blue convoy light fitted in front of the rear-view mirror to enable security teams to identify the car more easily at night and to be more visible in the event of a security threat to the Queen. A full-length rear seat cushion was installed in lieu of the standard twin cushion—for the comfort of HRH’s three pet corgis to ride more securely and comfortably. For official use, the fog lights flash at regular intervals.
A set of registration plates with the original royal number, along with several photos of the Queen enjoying the car, are included with the sale. All handbooks, tools, keys, complete historical documentation, and an official stamped JDHT certificate are included. Presented in highly original and unrestored condition, this is truly a remarkable motor car in every way.