Lot 138 - 1961 Daimler SP250 Dart ‘B’ Specification

Lot 138 - 1961 Daimler SP250 Dart ‘B’ Specification

Lot 138 - 1961 Daimler SP250 Dart ‘B’ Specification

Lot Number 138
Registration 505 WPU
Chassis Number 101413
Engine Number 89778
Odometer reading 88,982 miles
Result Sold - £24,904
  • Desirable 'B' specification model
  • Good history file

The controversially styled Daimler Dart was introduced at the New York Motor Show in 1959 and had its European debut at the 1959 Earls Court Motor Show; 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 Daimler 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. 

505 WPU is reported to have undergone restoration in the early 1990's with the body being stripped and repainted in Navy Blue, the interior tidied up and the engine rebuilt. Any other mechanical work required was also reportedly done at the same time. The supplied purchase receipt to the buyer Dr. Jacobs in September 1993, shows the beginning of much care lavished on the car by the Doctor under his ownership, clearly keen to maintain its restored condition. There are many receipts from Classic Automobile Repair Services of Wandsworth, London, under Dr. Jacobs ownership, detailing the care that was given to the car. Amongst these items was the inclusion of fitting a Kenlow fan to aid with engine temperature regulation in London traffic as well as other works such as carburettor rebuilds and steering strip and rebuild. The vendor reports the car to run and drive extremely well, attracting admiring looks wherever it goes.

Supplied with the UK V5C registration document and history file. With a desirable low ownership, this rare, early 'B' specification SP250 offers great usability and looks to match.

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