Contemporary Photographs


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This page shows contemporary photographs collected from various sources. They are shown in arbitrary sequence. Most images can be enlarged by clicking.

Hire Garage

This image to the left probably is a movie still shot. Since the interior of the building does not look expecially luxurious, and all cars seem to have number plates, this must be the garage of one of the larger limousine hire companies such as Camelot Cars or Avis Rent a Car (see a similar shot of the Daimler Hire garage here).

The front of these cars shows chrome bumpers. The leftmost car has round air-inlets, and the two cars next to it have rectangular air-inlets and orange lights above the bumper. Rectangular air-inlets were introduced in fall 1979, and the orange lights moved elsewhere with the introduction of the rubber bumpers in 1987.

Hotel Principe di Savoia

The magazine advert to the right, in German language, is for a hotel in Milano, Italy. The fog lights next to the number plate tell that this car is older than 1974.

Pall Mall London 1974

Klaus D. Peter from Germany shot this beautiful scene at London's Pall Mall in October 1974. The author kindly made this image available via Wikipedia under the Creative Commons license.

The car at the rear, license nr. APB92H, car nr. 1M1198, was at that time owned by L.M.S. Seniers of Duke Street in London. I have no record of the first car (license nr. SO8, corps diplomatique).


Prince Rainier  
Prince Rainier
Prince Rainier

On Nov. 12th, 1970. Prince Rainier of Monaco shipped his newly delivered DS420 home from Southend Airport near the Thames Estuary. This was car 1M20033, body color "Silk over Black".

At this moment the car is on display in the "Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection", Terraces de Fontvieille in Monaco:
   Prince Rainier


Assassination Jordan Ambassador 1971        Assassination Jordan Ambassador 1971

One and a half year later Mr. al-Rifai became the prime minister of Jordan. Until the end of his career in 2009 he was one of the highest politicians in his country.

Note the licence plate of the car: HKJ for Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is car nr. 1M1802 and on the date of the assassination attempt it was almost exactly one year old.


London Nursing Homes 1972     London Nursing Homes 1972    

On September 1st, 1972, The London Nursing Homes Ltd. at New Cross Road in London took delivery of this limousine, car nr. 1M2250.

The photo was taken around 1971/1972 by Charley Seavey from the USA, who kindly gave permission to use it here. It shows the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

The car on this photo is vehicle nr. 1M1111, produced on April 21, 1969, and delivered to Funeral Director Adam Cramond Son in Edinburgh.

    RoyalMile Edinburgh 1971/1972
NewMDU808F - 1 NewMDU808F - 2    

Limousine MDU808F was built in April 1968, a few months before the official introduction of the model. Jaguar used this car as its "factory demonstrator" car. The first handful of photos on the press photographs page of this website all show the same car.

The photos shown here are not factory press photos. Information on the back of the leftmost photo suggests that it was shot in London. It may have been on the occasion of the visit of King Frederick IX of Denmark to London, for the Danish week Denmark in Britain in 1968. Both photos have been combined here because the passenger next to the driver seems to be the same person.

These photos are not issues by the factory. They were taken at two different occasions. The photo to the right is most probably from some UK-based motorshow, while the two photos below were most probably taken at a motorshow in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The two cars involved are approximately of the same age: they have the hinged rear side window (i.e. after summer 1972) and they have the round D-insignia on the air inlet on the front (i.e. before fall 1974). Note the absence of the Flying D bonnet ornament on the "continental" car on the photo below.

    some UK motorshow
motorshow, probably Amsterdam     motorshow, probably Amsterdam
LarryMartinFactory Daimler Benz 1978    

In 1978 the French guitarist Larry Martin and his "Larry Martin Factory" Folk Rock band released a (vinyl) record album titled Larry Martin Factory Daimler Benz. Some illustrator obviously didn't know the difference between a Daimler and a Benz and the resulting cover illustration of the record is shown here.

In 1970 the first DS420 was sold to a French customer: car 1M20028. When this record appeared in 1978 no other French delivery has taken place. So, if this illustration was produced in France, the car in this picture may very well have been this 1M20028. The number indicates that it was a left-hand drive car, the 28'th produced.

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