Lot 229 - 1962 12892 SP250 'Dart'
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,200|
Introduced at the New York Motor Show of 1959 the Daimler Dart was a V8 powered sports car with controversial styling. The Dart name was soon dropped after the threat of legal action from Chrysler who had a car of that name within their Dodge division; thereafter this new sports car was known as the SP250. Power was provided by the 2.5 litre Edward Turner designed V8 that soon became revered for the smoothness in its power delivery with 140bhp on tap. Independent double wishbone front suspension at the front and half elliptical springs at the rear with a live rear axle kept the car on the road with stopping power supplied by hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners. The coachwork was constructed with glass reinforced plastic providing a tough, strong and lightweight shape that enhanced performance with exciting and non traditional looks. The 120mph plus capability was recognised by the police and they were soon being used as a high speed chase cars.
This particular car is a mid-production B-Spec model, delivered in March 1962 via London concessionaires Stratstones of Mayfair to first owner, the Marquis of Hertford. It underwent an older body-off, chassis-up professional restoration in the Midlands some 15 years ago, fully documented and photographed. Finished in midnight blue with pale grey interior, the car has only been used as a second car since and is still in very good mechanical condition and ready to be driven. It does require some cosmetic attention to the paintwork but is priced to sell accordingly. With the vehicle, is a large history file, photographic records of the restoration, workshop manual, and the original buff log book, recent full MoT test certificate and six months' road tax. With only such a small number of SP250s produced in total, it is believed that fewer than 700 still survive making this one of the rarest but affordable British classic cars available.
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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.