Lot 349 - 1967 Daimler V8 250 Saloon
|Odometer reading||95,399 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,520|
When Jaguar merged with Daimler they had a great 2.5 litre, V8 engine that Edward Turner had recently designed and had been putting into the enigmatic Daimler Darts. They discovered it fitted nicely in the Mk. II body shell and had the added bonus of being quicker than the entry level 2.4 litre XK units and the wonderful burble of a reliable V8.
Being designed by Turner, it shares at least eight parts with the Triumph T-120 Bonneville motorcycle: its pistons! The V8-250 used domed motorcycle pistons to achieve its compression ratio.
It is lighter-weight than the XK-engined Mk. II so has better fuel economy and handling. It has the option of a four- speed manual gearbox with overdrive or a three speed automatic gearbox.
Prices of these V8 Daimlers have been rising recently and in good condition are proving popular. The pivotal aspects, as with the acquisition of all classic cars, are the history and condition. When invoices detail extensive works undertaken, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the car has been correctly maintained throughout its life regardless of cost. Fortunately, C.J. Car Body of Sussex confirm that this particular car, in 1993, was completely dismantled, stripped to bare metal and restored. This included re-stuffing the seats, new carpets, re-finished woodwork and new roof lining. Indeed since then (and prior) there has been a consistent level of attention paid to TPO 617F culminating in 2007 with a 'Freshen-Up' costing over £4,500. Presented in silver with a contrasting black leather interior and the desirable manual gearbox, this well documented example is described by the sole owner from new vendor as in extremely good condition throughout. All you have to do is step inside...
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.