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Lot 433: 1964 Daimler 2 ½ Litre V8

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

In October 1959 the Jaguar Mk II appeared, making a good car even better. There was also, however, a further option in the form of a 2½ litre V8 engined Daimler model. Sharing an identical bodyshell to the Jaguars, it was identifiable by traditionally fluted radiator grille and number plate lamp, discreet 'D' badges on hub caps and rear bumper and '2½ Litre V8' motif on the boot lid. Running gear remained as for the Jaguars but at its heart was a superb cast-iron V8 with alloy cylinder heads. Designed by the talented Edward Turner, famed for his motorcycle designs, it was a sweet-revving and willing gem, smooth and refined; producing 140bhp and was appreciably faster than the 2.4 litre Jaguar. The only major change came in October 1967 when a facelift, in line with the Jaguar Mk II's, saw the adoption of 'pencil' bumpers, reclining seats, restyled interior trim, heated rear window and an alternator, the Daimler being simultaneously renamed the 250 V8. Production ended in late 1969. On offer today is this pretty right hand drive example, most attractively finished in dark blue with a contrasting grey leather interior. Having been in the long time ownership of Michael Mansfield, QC, who looked after the car very well, a fact substantiated by a large number of invoices for work carried out, totalling some £ 25,000 over the years. More recently, EGF 377B has benefitted from some refurbishment to the interior including a new headlining, a fresh set of carpets and the refurbishment of the decorative wood trim. As a result it is described as being in good condition throughout. Offered with a a large history file containg older invoices and MOTs, this pretty Daimler comes with a current V5 document and a fresh MOT. An opportunity not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number433
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3999
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Registration numberEGF 377B
Chassis number1A4472BW
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