Lot 221 - 1965 12892 250 V8 Saloon
|Chassis Number||PIA 8958.BW|
|Engine Number||7A 948 H|
|Odometer reading||87,721 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
In 1960, Jaguar acquired Daimler and in doing so inherited the superb Edward Turner designed V8 engine found in the Daimler Dart. In 1962, the boss of Jaguar at the time, William Lyons and his design team, decided to install the V8 engine which was lighter and more powerful than the 2.4 litre XK unit, into the Jaguar Mk. II body shell creating the 2½ litre, V8 Saloon. In 1964 the Daimler Dart was consigned to history but the V8 engine was to continue powering the sports saloons, later badged as a V8 250 until 1968 when the Mk. II Jaguar and Daimler were replaced by the XJ6.
The Mk. II Jaguar, particularly the 3.8 litre, became popular with those who needed to get away from financial institutions quicker than the 'boys in blue' and thereby earned itself quite a reputation. The V8 Daimler however, was regarded more as a gentleman's express with a slightly better trimmed interior, the distinctive fluted Daimler grill and twin exhausts producing a magical V8 rumble.
This outstanding 1965 automatic example with, most importantly, power steering was bought new by a Mr. Lange of Mill Hill, London and comes with a complete history file. Mr Lange found the original colour, Sand Gold, not to his liking because he couldn't get a decent shine on it so he changed it to Regency Red. Unfortunately, in 1972, due to illness Mr. Lange had to give up driving and sold FGO 754C to a Mr. Sullivan for the princely sum of £550. This gentleman owned the car for the next twenty years but he too had to give up driving and gave the car to his nephew in 2002 who had it extensively restored. The present owner acquired this remarkable, warranted low-mileage example in 2005 and continued the high standard of tender loving care with the car cosseted in a heated garage. In 2008, the renowned Ken Bell, Jaguar and Daimler specialist, commented, "it was a pleasure to work on such a beautiful and original Daimler". Some well spent time examining this fabulous motor car and its history folder will reveal the complete tool kit, hand books, invoices, life time warranties, a full set of work shop manuals and even a motor fuel ration book.
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.