Lot 275 - 1964 Daimler SP250 Dart ‘Police Car’
|Odometer reading||48,164 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
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 were soon being used as a high speed chase cars.
When purchased by the late vendor in 2005, the objective was to restore this SP250 to the highest standard possible. Not only did he successfully achieve his goal, he did so with a very interesting motor car. This is one of the last 26 Daimler Darts to be purchased by the Metropolitan Police with the original buff logbook stating the first owner to be Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, London, SW1. The car has been restored to concours condition and has won virtually every competition it has entered. The fastidious owner was very knowledgeable within the motor trade with many years experience with the Automobile Association. When embarking on the restoration, he was meticulous in keeping records on the work carried out and as a result ALM742B comes with two folders of superbly presented history.
Upon our inspection of the Daimler, the engine started immediately with the 2,548cc V8 unit sounding delightful. The black coachwork is in excellent order and the grey leather trim is also in superb condition. The brightwork, together with the unmarked chrome wire wheels is in keeping with the rest of the car, as is the splendidly presented engine bay. This really is a magnificent example of a highly desirable and interesting vehicle, right down to the Pye radio system the Police operated and the 'Winkworth' bell at the front. This is an opportunity to purchase an award winning Daimler SP250 and is without doubt a Police car you would want to be seen in.
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