1989 Daimler Limousine – B4 BCS

Model TypeDaimler Limousine DS420
ManufactureThe Daimler Company Limited
Registration PlateB4 BCS
No. of Seats (Inc Driver)8
Interior TypeGrey Leather

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Designed to carry up to 7 passengers, these vehicles provide the ideal mode of transport for both the bride and the brides-maids, as such, it affords a large and very comfortable means of transport. Our models are presented in matching “Westminster Blue”, with a choice of either a “Grey” leather or “Blue” velour interior.

General Information

The Daimler limousine DS420, popularly known simply as the Daimler Limousine, was produced by The Daimler Company Limited between 1968 and 1992. The vehicles are used extensively as official state cars in several countries, including by the British, Danish and Swedish royal houses, the Governor of Tasmania, and the Governor of Bermuda in the early 1970s. The Inter-Continental Hotel, Hong Kong, formerly The Regent Hotel has been said to have purchased twenty-two Daimler DS420s across the years.

The Daimler Limousine replaced the DR450 which had been based on the Majestic Major.  The driver sat on a full width bench seat in a relatively upright position which was said to make length-wise adjustment for different sizes of driver unnecessary, although there was 2.75 in (7 cm) of telescopic adjustment available on the low-set steering wheel.

Passengers sit on a bench-seat behind the glass division in opulent comfort — the rear seat spans over 6 feet (1.8 m) in width.

The top speed available from this 245 bhp (183 kW), three speed automatic, independently suspended, four wheel disc braked Daimler limousine was 110 mph (176 km/h).

Film appearances

  • In the TV series A.T.S. Eyes, Nigel Beaumont (Don Warrington) is chauffeured in a DS420, which he refers to as the “naughty Daimler” when caught speeding.
  • In the film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Desmond Tiny is chauffeured in a Daimler DS420 which seems to have purple neonlights underneath it. Also, the Daimler is painted in a dark purple color in the bottom part and the upper part is painted black. In the movie, the limousine had the four front lights removed and eight took their place, these were placed in the grill, the license plate is are DES-TINY (making reference to Desmond Tiny’s shortened name) and are surrounded by a chain. In the film, it appears to have no real chauffeur due to Mr. Tiny’s magic powers; in its place, there is a green-glowing Celtic-like symbol.
  • In the Eurythmics music video for “love is a stranger” Annie Lennox is chauffeured around in a DS420.

Official use

The British Royal Mews is now in possession of three Daimler DS420s available for Royal use on state occasions and for visiting dignitaries. The late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had four DS420 models over the years (all registered NLT1 or NLT2), including one of the last three models to be produced in 1992 (the other two going to Queen Elizabeth II, although rarely used, and the other retained by Jaguar for use in Coventry, now in the possession of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust). All of the cars delivered for royal use featured certain special features including cloth seats, removal of chrome around the doors, a bullet-shaped blue light and a mount on the roof for the Royal Standard and Coat of Arms. These cars were a reminder of the royal patronage that Daimler lost to Rolls-Royce in the early 1950s.

One of the Queen Mother’s Daimler DS420s, painted in Royal Claret, is now in the Royal Mews, along with two other models already owned by the Queen. These are classed as state cars although, unlike the Royal Rolls-Royce and Bentley models in the royal fleet, they do have number plates.

One of the most famous late appearances of the DS420 was for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; respectively, both the hearse and the mourning limousine following it were DS420s.

The Royal Family of Denmark, in addition to many other prestigious vehicles, have three Daimler DS420s.

Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, used a Daimler DS420 with the registration number ‘1’ as his official limousine from 1970 to 1988.

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