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Philip & Sue Prior - Australia - Our Coupe - 1977 Daimler Sovereign

Also an excellent article and resource HERE by Philip Prior titled 'Rust in Coupes'. Sadly many coupes have, or have had rust issues, so we hope you find this interesting!

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Owners: Philip & Sue Prior
State: SA
Chassis Number: 2H2063BW


The car is an imported 1977 Daimler Sovereign, (XJ4.2C) with automatic transmission and air-conditioning British Racing Green and biscuit leather interior. Original (optional) Kent Alloy wheels.

I have owned the car little over 12 months and enjoy it more every day.

A Brief History

Having previously owned an XJC, (White Drophead) which I foolishly sold, I was determined to one day purchase another and after a long search purchased this car from Matt Walton of NSW in August 2014.

Originally sold by Stratstones of London. The car according to the original papers was purchased new by a night club entertainer, Mr.T Jones (unconfirmed if this is the Tom Jones).

The car was sent from UK to Hong Kong and from there to Perth, WA in 1980. It was owned in WA by Mr. R. Sicree (1983) who fitted chrome wire wheels and a Mr.S.Thomas of WA is the next recorded owner from 1990. The car was used as a daily driver, the original Kent alloys were re-fitted and duco restored.

Subsequently Mr.G.Robinson in WA also owned the car for some time and it was stored for 2-3 years.

Matt Walton purchased the car in WA in 2007 and subsequently brought it to NSW. Matt is to be credited during his ownership for the major restoration work.

The engine has been overhauled, mechanicals repaired and upgraded, stainless steel exhaust fitted and body repairs carried out with a bare metal respray in New British Racing Green. New headlining and full internal fit out in a “biscuit” leather with embroided inlays.

We have enjoyed a number of interstate trips in the coupe and it is regularly involved in local club activities.
A 3,500 Klm round trip to Tasmania for the National Rally in March 2015 was a fabulous driving experience and the car did not miss a beat.

The 40th Anniversary celebrations for the XJC in Echuca in October 2015 was a special occasion and I was pleased to be able to attend in the Daimler along with another 34 coupes.

A Reunion XJC Tour in March 2016, involved almost 4000klms. And except for a minor hiccup the coupe again demonstrated how these cars love to run.

“I just love the driving experience!”