Daimler DS420 Web site links

 

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This page links to web sites of companies, organisations and individuals that provide interesting information about the model.
Most illustrations on this page can be enlarged by clicking.

 
 
flywheel (13.5kB)    The Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club

http://www.dloc.org.uk

The Internet site of the DLOC, the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club.

The club is definitely good value for money, especially to people who know that the spirit of a club is what its members invest in it. Investments turn out to be very rewarding.

The official discussion forum of the DLOC, accessible for everybody with a genuine interest in the cars: http://www.dloc.co.uk
and for the DLOC Facebook group click here.

 
 

Royal cars

The Wikimedia Commons photo collection shows a photo of the cortege of the funeral of Prince Henrik (Danmark) on 15 February 2018 and a photo with Crown Prince Frederik (Danmark) on October 5, 2021. More information is on this webpage.

A Wikimedia Commons photo of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (Sweden) on January 17, 2011, and another photo of a Swedish Royal limousine in 2011.

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https://www.royal.uk This link puts you through to a page on the official web site of the British Monarchy. where (a single phrase of) information is given on the three Daimler limousines currently in use at the Royal Mews. That web page dates from the wedding of Prince William and Ms. Middleton, on April 29, 2011.

The video (left) shows the British Royal Daimlers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, on May 19, 2018, when the bridesmaids and pageboys arrive, among them Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Courtesy: BBC.

Another video showing two of the three Royal limos (K326EHV and KLL1), provided from the website of the Daily Mail newspaper. Again the limos are used for the bridesmaids and page boys, but now at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Brooksbank on October 12, 2018: click here.

When visiting the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace make sure to ask whether any cars will be on display. When I last visited no cars at all were shown because of refurbishment work on the building. No indication was shown at the ticket office, so this only became clear at the end of the tour. Disappointing!

 
 
JHDT Museum (22kB)
Photo: the former JHDT museum and archive building
(and my DS420) at Browns Lane in Allesley, Coventry.
   JH logo the Jaguar Heritage Trust

https://www.jaguarheritage.com

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, was, until 2012, located at the former Jaguar Assembly Plant site on Browns Lane in the Allesley suburb of Coventry.

The JDHT archive is now based in Gaydon. In February 2016 a brand new museum building opened as an annex to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, displaying the majority of the JDHT vehicle collection. Other cars from the JDHT collection are on display in the main building of the Heritage Motor Centre, and at the Transport Museum in the centre of Coventry. A few more cars are on loan to other museums, e.g. to the Royal palace at Sandringham.

Of special interest on the JDHT-website is the PDF-file with DS420 chassis numbers, that is available for download here.

One of the most interesting facilities the JDHT offers is to provide a Heritage Certificate (formerly called a Production Record Trace Certificate) of your car. A guide on obtaining such a certificate is here.

 
 
Logo of the Howmanyleft website    'Howmanyleft' website based on the DVLA (GB) database
 
https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk

The 'howmanyleft.co.uk' website is a hobby project of a British car lover, and extracts data from the 'Vehicle licensing statistics' from the Department of Transport. These data, based on the DVLA vehicle database, are made available in computer readable form by the British Government. This recognizes the fact that the taxpayer has already paid for this information, and thus it should be public after all. More and more modern governments take this step for ever more of their data.

The above link zooms in on the Daimler Limousine and shows four different entries: the DK400 limousine (Daimler's predecessor to the DS420), the Eagle limousine (Jaguar saloons stretched by Wilcox Limousines), Daimler Limousine and Daimler Limousine Auto. The latter two should basically be combined into one single entry, but this division exhibits a problem that many large databases have: not 100% accurate classifications.

Interesting details show up if you click on each of these 'Daimler Limousine' and 'Daimler Limousine Auto' model name labels. They show both licensed DS420 cars and cars on SORN. Especially the volume of cars on SORN is surprising. Hover your mouse above one of the dots in the graph to show exact numbers. I was pleased to see that the sum of 'licensed' and 'SORN" seems to stabilize, after so many years of steady decline.

The website author, Olly Smith, refreshes the data roughly every three month to get coverage to the end of the previous quarter. Please bear in mind that cars outside GB are not counted in these statistics.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/341992522664395/
An active Facebook group of DS420 enthusiasts.

https://www.eurocarguy.com/daimler-ds-420-limousines2/
Website of Bob and Judy Boston in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Car trader, collector and friend, and owner of the largest collection of DS420 cars worldwide.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-european/curbside-classic-daimler-ds420-limousine-forgotten-lesser-royalty/
Another nicely written web-article featuring the DS420. Author: Robert King.

http://www.daimler.co.uk
A site (unmaintained) by Daimler enthusiasts, with several DS420 cars covered in the "Enthusiasts" and in the "Models" sections.

http://www.vandenplas.com/daimler/ds420.htm
The DS420-part of the (unmaintained) site of Craig Tiano, fellow DS420 enthusiast.

http://www.deconihout.fr
The (unmaintained) site -in French language- of Franck Deconihout.

 
 
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Jag-lovers.org

https://www.jag-lovers.com

A Jaguar enthusiasts gathering place on the Web.

This site hosts many sub-sites which are under the custody of various individual webmasters. A few of those are lively, but most have a severe anaemia. The total body of information is nevertheless impressive, although the specific DS420 coverage is very limited.

Forum link: https://forums.jag-lovers.com/
Old site: http:www.jag-lovers.org/

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BL site logo    Austin-Rover On Line

https://www.aronline.co.uk

An extremely rich and well-designed web site, full of information on the British (Leyland) Motor Corporation, of which Jaguar/Daimler and Vanden Plas once were part.

Direct links to DS420-related pages are here: The Daimler DS420 Limousine, another DS420 page and Vanden Plas.

 
 
 
The Vanden Plas Owners Club

https://www.vpoc.info

The Vanden Plas Owners Club caters for vehicles with coachwork by Vanden Plas, and thus includes the DS420 from its introduction in 1968 until the transfer of the production to Coventry in 1979. In numbers this is 2979 out of a total of 5044: almost 60% of all cars.

Here is a direct link to the DS420 photo gallery on the VPOC site.

   Vanden Plas Owners Club logo
 
 
 
Jaguar Classic Parts
JaguarClassicParts

https://parts.jaguarlandroverclassic.com/

Jaguar Landrover Classic Parts is the branch of Jaguar Cars Ltd. that caters for owners for classic Jaguar vehicles, including the Daimler Limousine. The search menus don't have a Daimler entry. Use 'Jaguar' instead.

 
 
Manners
David Manners

https://www.jagspares.co.uk/

David Manners is the best source for (new) parts of the DS420, as far as they are still available. You might be surprised how much that is... David Manners has a mail order by credit card service. Their specialised DS420 website pages are here.

 
 
SNG Barratt (16kB)
SNG Barratt

https://www.sngbarratt.com

SNG Barratt is another large supplier of new parts for classic Daimlers. Their web site provides PDF-format catalogues to download.

 
 
Martin Robey    

Martin Robey

https://www.martinrobey.com

Martin Robey, based in Nuneaton, is a body panel manufacturer. Besides the body panels, the company has a classic car parts department concentrating on Jaguar and Jensen cars.

 
 
 
Clayton Daimler    

Clayton Daimler

https://www.claytondaimler.com

Clayton Daimler in Newport has an emphasis on DS420 cars, for parts and for restoration.

 
 
 
R+J Group

e-mail: scott.harrington@BTInternet.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/harringtons_co

The R+J Group of Wickford, Essex is a car dismantler specialised in DS420 hearses and limousines.
R+J Group have dismantled hundreds of DS420 cars, and probably have the largest stock of recycled parts in existence. They also can deliver many new parts, and are a good source for restoration project cars. Contact is Scott Harrington, mobile +44-7721-335828.

Scott has a good relationship with the maintainers of the royal DS420 cars. See e.g. this series of photos on my web page of the Queen Mother's car.

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johngordon (66kB)    John Gordon

https://www.john-gordon.co.uk

John Gordon of Hapton, Burnley, Lancashire is a parts trader and car dismantler with many DS420 limousine parts available. Note the Limousine category entry in their on-line Catalogue.

 
 
 
Wilcox Limousines

https://www.limousines.co.uk

wilcox Wilcox Limousines in Chalfont St.Peter, Bucks. (West of London, just outside the M25), England, is one of the largest traders of limousines and hearses.
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Car and Classic
https://carandclassic.co.uk

Car and Classic lists many DS420 cars for sale (use the menu on the left of that page)

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Honest John Classics
https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Daimler/DS420/

Many cars are also shown on the website of Honest John Classics.

    Honest John Classics
 
 
 
The XK Engine

http://www.jagweb.com/aj6eng/xk-engine/index.php

In 1997, the Jaguar World magazine published a series of 6 articles on the XK engine, and its design evolution from 1948 to 1986. The author was Roger Bywater, former power engineer at Jaguar, and intimately familiar with the XK. Very interesting!

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Hum3D digital models

In these modern times a fully digital DS420 shouldn't be a surprise anymore: Hum3D created both a limousine and a hearse.
Be sure to click on the 360° button below the picture on their site. Fascinating!

https://hum3d.com   limousine
https://hum3d.com   hearse

Get your 3D printer out and print your own scale models!

   Hum3D computer models
 
 
 
IMCDB (13.9kB)    Internet Movie Cars Database

https://www.imcdb.org

The Internet Movie Cars Database identifies cars as used in movies, and classifies them according to their use: from background vehicle to the main character's car or even "used in a car chase".

The link points to a Daimler-index-page where DS420 limousine or hearse can be selected from the list of Daimler model names.

 
 
 

Photo-hosting sites collect many interesting images as can be seen here: flickr.com

My own limousines in this Flickr-selection (not submitted by myself):

Many DS420 photos also on these Instagram account viewers (with lots of overlaps): DS420 or DaimlerDS420Limousine or DaimlerDS420Limo or DaimlerDS or DaimlerDS420. A big disadvantage of Instagram is that people make up a bundle of one or two dozen hashtags, and post their photo to all these topics simultaneously. Looking at a specific hashtag shows that it often is inundated with photos unrelated to that topic. Especially the last one in this list (DaimlerDS420) has frequent posters exhibiting this habit. Unfortunately.
It is also unfortunate that Instagram obviously does not approve of these account viewer websites, and regularly takes action to block their access. Until now, the viewer referred to by the above links always has managed to overcome this within a few weeks. While this problem lasts, you may want to go to www.gramhir.com and type one of the above hashtag names in the searchbox found on that page.

Here is an (unmaintained) Facebook entry devoted to the DS420.

 
 
DS420 page in Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daimler_DS420

Wikipedia has a load of information on "Daimler", including a page specific to the DS420. Clicking on the link will bring you to that page.

Somebody (not me) has added a link to my DS420 site on the Wikipedia page. The log of my web server shows that that link is used regularly to come from there to here.

Various wiki-derivatives exist, e.g. the Ford Wiki and the Hand Wiki. They usually contain information copied from "the real" Wikipedia, and lag behind in accuracy and updates.

Also of interest is the photo collection at Wikimedia Commons. Several photos (not submitted by me) show my limo DR-06-17.

   Wikipedia DS420 page
 
 

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