In the 1960s, Jaguar and their luxury sub-brand Daimler created a pair of sibling cars, the Jaguar 420 and the Daimler Sovereign. At first, the company
decided a racing Daimler model would be a spectacular idea, and thus the Daimler 420 Factory Rally was born. Immediately after production had begun, Jaguar
canceled the project for fear of stepping on the toes of the Jaguar racing empire. As it was only four of these E-Type-powered Daimlers were ever produced. Of those four,
only one ever left the ownership of Jaguar. That lone car is now being offered for sale, and it is immaculate.
The auction listing at states that
this car is about as original as they come, with the original handbooks, warranty card, plastic wallet and unused fitted luggage set all intact.
The name of the car itself sets the mood for what I'd like to do with it: a classic time-speed-distance rally. It was designed for rally racing, with that E-Type engine and long-range third
fuel tank, so why not use it as Jaguar/Daimler intended? Of course as anybody who as ever competed in a timed rally knows, you can't win if you don't have great timing equipment.
There's only one set of timepieces that come to mind when contemplating this exceptional factory rally car. This stopwatch set is the ideal tool to keep you on
your time target as you blast around in your new Daimler. The bold white lettering on the black faces should make them easy to read at speed, and the
included special edition case could act as a great mounting board for keeping the cabin tidy during competition.
If there was ever a match made in petrol heaven, it may be these two.