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Is my rusty 1977 Daimler Double Six Coupe worth restoring?

I own a low mileage 1977 Daimler Double Six Coupe which as you know are now rather rare with only 300 odd were made. The problem is, it has been standing for nearly 20 years and has rust in all the usual place and probably a few more. I had intended it to be a retirement project but its beyond my skills. It would break my heart to break it up but is there any market to sell this as a restoration project? Which is the best club to advertise it?

Asked on 18 July 2018 by wildwilly

Answered by Keith Moody
Cars registered before 1978 are now exempt from both MoT and car tax - which is definitely something in the Daimler's favour. While the bodywork might be beyond your skill set, if you're handy with the spanners you might want to spend a few weeks recommissioning the car. This is an article in itself, but there are few basic steps you can follow - first of all, try to rotate the engine by hand - not that easy with a V12. If it's stuck, fill the bores with penetrating fluid to see if that helps. If the engine turns, you can go ahead and clean and gap the spark plugs, check the HT leads, rotor cap dizzy arm. Fresh fuel and a fresh battery (as well as a squirt of engine starter spray) may be enough to coax it back into life. From there, you'll be able to see if the clutch and brakes are working. If you can get it up and running, the car will be a much more attractive proposition to any potential enthusiast. You may even be in a position to insure it and take it to a (very) local garage - but if in doubt have it trailered. It may cost you a few quid, but having an inspection will give you a proper idea of what's really involved in making the car roadworthy. Who knows? You mind find that you can handle a lot of the mechanics yourself and then outsource the bodywork if you decide to hang onto it for a few years. As you righly point out, there aren't many cars like these left - but they are desirable, which means people are willing to pay up to £5k for 'good' project that's complete. Going down this road also means you won't sell the car and see it broken for spares. There are plenty of Jaguar clubs you can get in contact with, such as the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club (jec.org.uk/) and the Jaguar Drivers' Club (www.jaguardriver.co.uk/html/). A specialist is most likely to pick the car up via an auction. Again there are plenty of classic car based auctions, but which one you choose will most likely depend where you are in the country. H&H Classics have one at Sandown Park in Kent and there is also Historics at Brooklands.
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