Lot 249 - 1960 Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’
|Odometer reading||94,519 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,520|
The Daimler Dart was built in Coventry and launched at the 1959 New York Motor Show achieving great success in the North American market. Built with a fibreglass body, the 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 car was described as a 2+2 but the bench-like rear seat offered very limited leg room unless the front seats were pushed fully forward. Thirty black Daimler Darts with the Borg-Warner Model 8, 3-speed automatic were used by the British Metropolitan Police. Daimler were soon forced to drop the Dart name when threatened with legal action by Chrysler's Dodge division, the car was then re-named the Daimler SP250.
This excellent 1960 Daimler SP250 is registered by the Daimler Lanchester Owners club to be a 'B' specification car giving it the more rigid chassis. The car was exported when new, the vendor believes it went to New Zealand retuning to the UK in 1997. The new owner carried out an extensive restoration but unfortunately did not keep very good records, it comes with bills totalling £8,700 from this time but a lot more was spent for which there are only hand written notes. This restoration included an extensive engine rebuild, electronic ignition, new radiator, Kenlow fan and splined hubs with 72 spoke wire wheels fitted. The car was also repainted and completely re-trimmed including matching leather hood bag, new black soft top with matching tonneau cover. The vendor purchased the car in 2009 and drove it to his home in the south of France where it remained until he returned home in 2011, since then this SP250 has attended a number of classic car shows. Finished in blue with tan leather interior, this SP250 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2015, a file containing invoices, notes relating to the restoration, old MoT test certificates, handbooks and a CD Rom containing the full workshop manual. This is an excellent and very usable example which was a favourite with the UK Police of the time.
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.