Lot 214 - 1968 Daimler 250 Saloon (V8)
|Odometer reading||41,730 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,440|
When Jaguar got hold of Daimler, they had a great 2.5 litre, V8 engine that Edward Turner had recently designed and had been putting into the enigmatic Daimler Dart. They discovered it fitted nicely in the Mk. II bodyshell and had the added bonus of being quicker than the entry level 2.4 litre XK units without out-shining the larger power plants. Being designed by Turner, it shares at least eight parts with the Triumph T-120 Bonneville motorcycle; the V8-250 used domed motorcycle pistons to achieve its compression ratio. It's lighter than the XK-engined Mk. II therefore gets better fuel economy and handles better, although lacks the performance of the 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre. It had the option of a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive or a more desirable three-speed automatic gearbox.
This two owner from new Daimler V8 is a fine example, finished in dark blue with red leather interior. The coachwork is in very good order as is the chromework and the sumptuous interior has a delightful patina. The V8 engine purred into life when requested and sounded good. We are advised this Daimler drives as well as she looks with the automatic transmission operating smoothly and efficiently. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 26th June 2017, together with a comprehensive and interesting history folder; these handsome Daimlers are becoming highly desirable. The curvaceous styling, together with an engaging dashboard, mated to some wonderful mechanics, it is easy to see why a Daimler V8 saloon is regarded as one of Coventry's finest productions.
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.