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The Chairman of Jaguar at the time "Lofty" England declared that the new V12 luxury saloon was to be baptized the Daimler Double Six, and so it came to pass and a legend was born. The Series III, the final derivative of the Daimler Double Six, arrived in 1979 and like its predecessors benefited from the clean-cut, new body designed by famed Italian design house, Pininfarina. The new design featured more glass, slightly squarer lines around the roof area, and up to date front and rear styling. The Series III soldiered on until the late 1980s, outliving the XJ6, the departure of which was delayed by problems installing the engine in the new XJ40 series. This was the flagship car in the Jaguar/Daimler line and was produced until the very end of 1992. The term "XJ12" is also inaccurate as this referred only to the base-trim model and the vast majority sold were the upscale V12 Sovereign or Double Six models. It would be hard to imagine news footage of the 1980s and early 1990s without a member of the cabinet or the House of Windsor ascending elegantly out of a Double Six. No other car of that period epitomised brisk luxury travel like a Daimler, and in such a truly understated British fashion. This car was not concerned with the pomp and showmanship of a Rolls Royce, it was a Daimler and it meant business. The export market adored it. This exceptional Daimler Double Six Series 3, was built on 15th February 1988 and initially finished in a very diplomatic Dorchester Grey with a Saville Grey leather interior. It was later delivered to its one and only owner through German Jaguar Dealers, K.Luthge Motors at a cost of 82,000 DM on 14/4/1989. The car was presented for its first service with K.Luthge Motors on 16/06/88 showing just 2,390kms as noted in the cars service book. There are further maintenance references in the history file however these are not recorded in the service book. Ever the individual, the owner fitted a Nardi Steering wheel to the car in 1989 and, presumably bored with the original paintwork, commissioned a full respray in Metallic Blue at a cost, in 1996 of 16,283 DM. Three years later the car was fitted with the chrome wire wheels it sits on to this day. This Metallic Blue paintwork has remained in impeccable condition as has the rest of the car and with just 3,297kms on the clock this lovely elegant Daimler appears in a condition that reflects this mileage. Accompanied by a respectable history file along with its original Daimler/Jaguar book pack and spare keys, this Daimler Double Six is certainly the finest that we have seen and surely one of the best examples of this eighties statement still surviving to this day.