Daimler DS420 Photo Galleries


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This page collects photo albums, contributed by various DS420 owners. For the Cars and Owners pages elsewhere on this site I have strict thematic rules, including the requirement to have a picture of car and owner, but in this photo gallery pages of the web site I will show anything DS420 (strict!) related.

To contribute you'll have to send me your pictures as e-mail attachments, although I can enable an upload-facility upon request. But: please help me by following a few rules: (a) please send only photos that you want to see published. Do not send a large volume assuming that I will select from it. Nevertheless, I will eliminate any photo that does not show at least a part of a DS420. (b) make sure that you have the right to publish the photos, and have the consent of all people shown.

The photo gallery is interesting for multiple reasons: it shows a large number of technical details, because many photos were made during restorations while parts of the car were dismantled: from the interior of the chassis beams to the interior of the engine block. Also, it shows many different colour combinations of body and interior, and may thus be a source of inspiration to others.

Please bear in mind that time moves on. All galleries specify the year in which the photos were contributed.
But do not assume that the situation (or the people, or the cars) will remain as shown forever.


Clicking on one of the links below will bring up a thumbnail page of an individual album. Clicking on one of those thumbnails will enlarge that photo. Clickpoints will then appear to start scrolling forward and backward from that point in the album. A small 't' in the lower left corner of a thumbnail image indicates that the larger image carries a text caption. 

Limo 777PMG   
Alexander Patrick: A very low mileage limousine (62 photos)
In 1991 a limo was built for Mr. Alexander Patrick, owner of the Patrick Motors Group in Birmingham. The car went straight to his personal car museum, and thus only did just over 2150 miles in some 30 years. Photos contributed in 2021.
Hendrik-Jan Thomassen: Magazine article photoshoot (75 photos)
I was approached to contribute to an article in the (German) British Classics magazine. Professional photographer Stephan Lindloff subjected my cars (and myself) to a real photoshoot, and he made the full set available for my web site. Photos contributed in 2019/2021.
The magazine article itself is on my page with non-English magazine articles.
   magazine photoshoot
Muslim Gedygushev   
Muslim Gedygushev: limousine in Moscow (15 photos)
Muslim Gedygushev is a car collector in Moscow, with an interest in cars from the 1970-1990 period. He owns this 1970, left hand drive car, VIN 1M20018, which originally was sold to Italy. Photos contributed in 2020.
Zoran Mitrović: Before the restoration (33 photos)
Zoran Mitrović, dental surgeon in Bern, Switzerland, bought this 1969 limo in bad shape, but had it restored to pristine condition. This gallery entry shows the car before the restoration. The next entry (see here below) documents the restoration itself. Photos taken in 2011, contributed in 2013.
   Zoran Mitrovic
Langlais et Langlais   
Langlais et Langlais: Wedding in Luxembourg (42 photos)
Langlais et Langlais, real estate company in the city of Luxembourg, have this limousine to transport their VIP-customers.
Photos contributed in 2015.
Zoran Mitrović: Restoration of the limo (2871 photos)
The restoration of Zoran Mitrović's limo was an unbelievable operation, taking multiple years in a professional workshop. The car was taken apart to the last bolt, and the photos show every detail. Photos contributed in 2013
Warning: huge gallery: around 2800 photos (thumbnail page is 30 MB already)!
   Zoran Mitrovic
Alfredo Bastianelli   
Alfredo Bastianelli: limousine restoration (6 photos)
Alfredo Bastianelli, Italian diplomat based on Cyprus, sent these photos of the restoration of his limousine. The photos came with a list of questions, and I was happy to answer as much as I could. Photos contributed in 2010.
Zoran Mitrović: The limo restored (24 photos)
After the restoration (see above gallery entries) Zoran Mitrović's limo was entered in the prestigious "24 Hours of Elegance" event in Belgrade, Serbia. Photos contributed in 2013.
   Zoran Mitrovic
Bob Boston's hearse pickup   
Bob Boston: Hearse pickup conversion (19 photos)
Bob Boston from Atlanta, Georgia, USA is a professional car converter. He applied his skills to a conversion from a hearse to a pick up truck.
Photos contributed in 2009.
Venezuela's Presidential DS420 (2 photos)
The former Presidential DS420 on display at the Transport Museum in Caracas, Venezuela. Photos contributed in 2012.
   Venezuela Presidential DS420
Bob Boston shortened DS420 coupe   
Bob Boston: shortened DS420 coupé (29 photos)
Even more spectacular than the conversion of the hearse to pickup (above) was Bob's conversion of a limo to become a 2-door coupé. This was inspired by a 2-door mock up that Vanden Plas showed with the introduction of the DS420 in 1968. Photos contributed in 2009, 2010, 2011.
Steve Robey: Landaulette Conversion (13 photos)
Steve Robey's company A&L Composites in Maidstone, Kent, UK. is the main address for DS420 landaulette conversions. These pictures show a conversion he did in 2007. Photos contributed in 2009.
   Steve Robey
Andrew Gutowski   
Andrew Gutowski: Hearse and limousine (9 photos)
Many years ago, Andrew Gutowski, from Barnstable, Ma,USA, fell in love with the British Royal automobile cavalcade. Photos contributed in 2012.
Cheltenham Mayoral Limousine - Ray Broadbent and Tim Enloe (8 photos)
Ray Broadbent, from Greers Ferry in Arkansas, USA, bought this 1971 limousine 1M2076. It was the Mayoral car in Cheltenham and Ray bought it from the Municipality almost 20 years before he contributed these photos in 2009.
The car changed ownership to Tim Enloe in Kansas, USA, who provided photos of its restoration in 2021.
   Ray Broadbent
Bill Eltringham's limo   
Bill Eltringham's limousine (23 photos)
Bill Eltringham from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, owned this immaculate 1969 limousine, with the rare dual chrome waistline striping. The photos were shot at various International Rallies of the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club (2009, 2011, 2015, 2019).
Alex Bernardo: DS420 in Portugal (11 photos)
Alex Bernardo from Alcobaça in Portugal has a limo from 1980. It has serial No. 200002, and thus is the second car made in Coventry after the production moved when Vanden Plas closed. Photos contributed in 2008.
   Alex Bernardo DS420 in Portugal
Jaguar CEO limo   
Sir John Egan, Jaguar CEO, limousine (15 photos)
This 1987 limousine was built for Sir John Egan, Jaguar's CEO from April 1980 until the Ford-takeover in March 1990. After being held in the collection of the JDHT for many years, this limo was sold off in July 2009. Photos contributed in 2009 and 2021.
Anton Dejaegere: Paint strip (26 photos)
Anton Dejaegere, from Waregem in Belgium, has this limo number 1M1447 from 1970. The restoration shown here was started within two weeks after he bought the car. Photos contributed in 2006.
   Anton Dejaegere paintstrip overhaul
Thomassen: rear bridge   
Hendrik-Jan Thomassen: Rear drive train bridge (8 photos)
My second limo, 1M2062, is in the process of being restored. The rear drive train was disassembled to facilitate the body work. Photos contributed in 2007.
Ivan Ford: Upholstery (5 photos)
Ivan Ford sent these photo of the restoration of the car's upholstery. Plus a few nice shots, e.g. this one from Glamis Castle near Edinburgh. Photos contributed in 2007.
   Ivan Ford
Jean-Jacques t'Serstevens limo   
Jean-Jacques t'Serstevens white limousine (20 photos)
Jean-Jacques t'Serstevens, from Brussels in Belgium, contributed these photos of his early model limousine. The first batch of photos was contributed in 2007, when the limousine was recently restored. A second batch followed in 2019.
Ivan Ford: Front Suspension (8 photos)
Ivan Ford from Edinburgh owns this 1987 limousine (200970), which once belonged to the late Princess Margaret. The photos show the dismantling of the front suspension. Photos contributed in 2005 and 2006.
   Ivan Ford
Jordi Milian engine overhaul   
Jordi Milian: Engine overhaul (21 photos)
Dismantling of an engine, work on new valve seats: it's all shown in this series of photographs from Jordi Milian in Barcelona. Photos contributed in 2005.
Even more about Jordi's incredible collection of 14 (!!) limos is on the Cars and Owners part of this site.
Hendrik-Jan Thomassen: Sills, wheel arches and doors (165 photos)
In the summer of 2005 my limo went through a very extensive restoration: new sills, new wheel arches, new jacking points, new bottom side on most door panels. If you want to see the most intimate parts exposed: see and shiver. Warning:large album: over 160 pictures. Photos contributed in 2005.
   thomassen restoration
Jordi Milian's hearse   
Jordi Milian: Woodall Nicholson Hearse (13 photos)
Jordi Milian, DS420 collector from Barcelona, contributed this series of pictures from his newly acquired Woodall Nicholson hearse, which he has besides his (currently) 14 limos. Photos contributed in 2006.
Tony Diaz: Left hand drive limousine (13 photos)
Tony Diaz from Madrid, Spain, owns this beautiful limousine, a very early LHD model. It is part of his collection of classic English limousines, in which he has Rolls and Austin/VandenPlas limousines as well. Photos contributed in 2005 and 2011.
   Tony Diaz Limousine
Jordi Milian's limo   
Jordi Milian: one of his white limousines (13 photos)
Jordi Milian also contributed this series of pictures from one of his white limousines. Photos contributed in 2006.

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