Club Corner: Daimler & Lanchester (Jaguar) Owners in New Zealand Spare Parts Club

10 April, 2016


The Daimler & Lanchester (Jaguar) Owners in New Zealand Spare Parts Club was founded back in 1971 by Gordon Somerville and the late Laurie Wason, and became an incorporated society in 1971.

Today the club, based in Christchurch, provides parts sales to members only, and has a wide inventory of spare parts, new and used, available in stock for most Daimler/Jaguar motor vehicles from Jaguar Mk1 and XK120 right through to modern Jaguars and Daimlers as well as Lanchester vehicles. The club carries approximately 3500 individual line items, all available ex stock for the above vehicles. The club also caters for more modern X-Type, S-Type, and XJ Jaguars.

The club is run by a group of volunteers, and is open for business and parts orders and information on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 1.00pm. The majority of orders ex stock are shipped the same day, with competitive overnight freight rates. The club can also provide hassle-free shipping from overseas for those hard-to-get parts, offering a price advantage for parts supply for more modern vehicles over most local suppliers.

Join the club

If you’re interested in joining one of New Zealand’s largest one-marque car clubs, then join the Daimler & Lanchester (Jaguar) Owners in New Zealand Spare Parts Club.
Visit the website — — for further information and to download a membership application form.

This article originally appeared in New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 299. You can pick up a print copy or a digital copy of the magazine below:

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