Oversize British limousines have always had a place in my heart, and the 1968 Daimler DS420 certainly takes up a lot of room! Based on the floorpan of the Jaguar 420G flagship, Daimler deftly added another 20 inches to the wheelbase, ensuring plenty of legroom, at least if you were sitting in the back. The Daimler DS420 makes no apologies for the fact that it is meant to be chauffeured; you are NOT meant to drive this yourself. The driver sits on a bench, in front of a pencil-thin black steering wheel and backed by a glass partition, while the passengers sit in the back, in opulent and decadent comfort. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, both the Queen and the late Queen Mother added DS420 to their stables, so there you have it.
The DS420 was not built for speed, but for comfort, but it still needed plenty of juice to haul its bulk around. It was fitted with a 4.2-liter straight six cylinder engine, producing 245 horsepower. Nothing to write home about, but not too shabby for whoever was doing the driving, either! Top speed was 110 miles per hour, to help you reach your next engagement, ribbon-cutting ceremony or charity fundraiser in time to sample the hors-d’oeuvres!
Most, if not all DS420’s were sold to dignitaries, royalty, large business owners, hotels and yes, funeral homes. The 1968 Daimler DS420 and its successors, which changed very little before the car was retired in 1992, possessed a grace and poise which is rarely seen today.