Lot 228 - 1960 Daimler SP250

Lot 228 - 1960 Daimler SP250

Lot 228 - 1960 Daimler SP250

Lot Number 228
Registration PRG 764
Chassis Number 101334
Engine Number 89599
Odometer reading 18,952 miles
Estimate £28,000 - £34,000

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 high speed chase cars.

Originally registered overseas, this Daimler Dart was repatriated and registered in the UK in 1968.

This righthand drive example is fitted with the preferred manual transmission, making this a fun and interesting car to drive. The V8, 2547cc engine is smooth and quiet in operation, as is normally the case for these sturdy Daimler units. This SP250 is in good order throughout and is best described as a very tidy, useable car and one that can be enjoyed immediately. The red coachwork is in fine order as is the interior. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until July 2016. These stylish, slightly quirky sports cars have always had a strong following; this is a great opportunity to own a good example of these collectable and appreciating classics.

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.

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