Daimler DS420 Magazine articles (English) 1994-2012


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This web page shows various magazine articles in the English language, that appeared about the DS420 from 1994 to 2012. They are shown in chronological order. Note that there are parallel web pages with articles from 1968-1993 and articles from 2013-present. Also, there are three other pages with non-English language articles 1968-1993, 1994-2012 and 2013-present.

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Coachbuilding in London p1 Coachbuilding in London p2 Coachbuilding in London p3 Coachbuilding in London p4 Coachbuilding in London p5
Coachbuilding in London p6 Coachbuilding in London p7 Coachbuilding in London p8 Coachbuilding in London p9 Coachbuilding in London p11
Coachbuilding in London
Robert Vickers (ed.)
London's Industrial Archaeology, No. 5, March 1994
In June and August 1979 members of the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
visited the Vanden Plas works in Kingsbury/N.London (Church Lane 468).
This was a few month before the factory closed. 15 Years later, in March 1994
the Society published about these visits in the 5th issue of their Journal
"London's Industrial Archaeology".
The first half of the article covers the coach building industry in London in general.
The second half specifically describes the manufacturing process at Vanden Plas;
this part starts to the right of this text block.
Several of the installations described appear on photographs throughout this website:
e.g. on the Colour & Trim page and on the Production, prices and options page.
The article is shown here with kind permission of Mr. Vickers
and of the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society   www.glias.org.uk
Coachbuilding in London p10 Coachbuilding in London p12
Coachbuilding in London p13 Coachbuilding in London p14 Coachbuilding in London p15 Coachbuilding in London p16 Coachbuilding in London p17
Jag_Enth-1995 p1. (17kB) Jag_Enth-1995 p2. (35.6kB)
Jag_Enth-1995 p4. (17kB) Jag_Enth-1995 p5. (15kB)

Regal Motoring by Daimler
Nigel Thorley
Jaguar Enthusiast, May 1995

Nigel Thorley (Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club) gives many interesting details on the design and on the production of the DS420.

Most photographs are from the very last DS420 built (L420YAC), now in the collection of the JDHT.

Pract_Classics-1998 p1. (34kB)   Pract_Classics-1998 p3. (18kB) Pract_Classics-1998 p4. (17kB)
Pract_Classics-1998 p5. (18kB) Pract_Classics-1998 p6. (17kB)   Pract_Classics-1998 p7. (15kB)

For weddings or a funeral
Lloyd McNeill
Practical Classics, June 1998

Featuring car YCP657V

Jag_World-1999 p1. (34kB)  

Stretching Out
Jim Patten
Jaguar World (Australia), October 1999

Dr. Greg Beacham's company, based in New Zealand, already had built a name in "rejuvenating" Jaguar XK cars for the Japanese market. This article describes how he turned to DS420 limos and hearses: new engine, new gearbox, new...., well, everything.

On the hearses page of this web site we show a company brochure on these conversions. The photo on the last page of this article, with car OMY76P, is shown on the brochure too.

Jag_World-1999 p3. (18kB) Jag_World-1999 p4. (17kB)   Jag_World-1999 p5. (15kB)

Doing a Stretch
Side by Side - Classic Limos
Martin Buckley
Practical Classics
September 2002

The vinyl roof on car BMC856H,
a 1970 car, is not factory original.

   Doing a Stretch p1. (21kB)
Doing a Stretch p3. (15kB) Doing a Stretch p4. (17kB)   Doing a Stretch p5. (19kB)
Jag_Enth-2004 p1. (17kB) Jag_Enth-2004 p2. (18.7kB)
Jag_Enth-2004 p3. (18kB) Jag_Enth-2004 p4. (15kB)

Prestige for Peanuts
Nigel Thorley
Jaguar Enthusiast, January 2004

Nigel Thorley (Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club) on the production and on the current market position of DS420 cars.

RestoredCars July2004 p1. RestoredCars July2004 p2. RestoredCars July2004 p3. RestoredCars July2004 p4. RestoredCars July2004 p5.
RestoredCars Sept2004 p1. RestoredCars Sept2004 p2.
RestoredCars Sept2004 p3. RestoredCars March2005 p1.

The Daimler DS420 Limousine 1968 to 1992
Robert Penn Bradly
Restored Cars #165, Australia, July-August 2004
Restored Cars #166, Australia, Sept.-Oct. 2004
Restored Cars #169, Australia, March.-April. 2005

This started as a series of two articles. Greg Lewis from Perth, who helped me to obtain these copies, wrote a letter to the editor with additional information, and this was published in the subsequent March-April 2005 issue (#169). It is shown here as the last page.

The caption of the very first photo states that the picture is taken in Australia, of an Australian car. But it is Jaguar's press photo No. 189656, issued in 1968, for the introduction of the model.


Room at the top
Paul Skilleter
Jaguar Enthusiast, Vol.24 No.9, Sept. 2008

This article is well written and very informative.
The two pages with the author's own photos of the
DS420 production line at Browns Lane are exceptional,
but the captions of the main illustrations on page 1
and page 5 are incorrect.

  Room at the Top p1. Room at the Top p1.
Room at the Top p3. Room at the Top p4.   Room at the Top p5. Room at the Top p6.

magazine issue 49 The British publisher GE Fabbri devoted issue No. 49 of its popular fortnightly "James Bond Car Collection" magazine to the Daimler DS420 as a James Bond movie car. The magazine came with a diecast 1:43 scale model made by Universal Hobbies in China. The UK edition of this issue appeared in November 2008 although the magazine itself bears no date. The French edition appeared a few weeks after the English one. The German edition was published in November 2009, and the Dutch version in February 2010. photo DA1321a - 1991

The magazine has 16 pages of which 8 have DS420 coverage, mainly photographic. Several parts of the text seem to have been taken from an older version of the Wikipedia entry on the DS420, including several inaccuracies that were present there (and have been corrected since). Jaguar press photo No. DA1321, in full colour is used as the centerfold image. See also: here

A Daimler Excursion
George Zdanko
Jaguar Enthusiast, May 2011

Author George Zdanko describes a trip to the continent
that he made in one of his two DS420 limousines.

     Jag.Enthusiast 2011, p1. Jag.Enthusiast 2011, p2.
Practical Classics, spring 2011, p1. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p2. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p3. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p4.      PC's Big Fat Royal Wedding
Practical Classics, spring 2011

The Practical Classics team makes a practical wedding car choice for the forthcoming royal wedding. No, not the DS420...

Practical Classics, spring 2011, p5. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p6. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p7. Practical Classics, spring 2011, p8.
Scrapbook. This month: Royal Barge
Paul Skilleter
Jaguar World Monthly, August 2012
     Jaguar World 2012, p1. Jaguar World 2012, p2.

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