Daimler 2.5 litre/V8 250
1962-1969, 17620 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
When Jaguar got hold of Daimler they had a great 2.5 V8 engine that Edward Turner had recently designed and had been putting in those little Darts. They discovered it fitted nicely in the MK II body shell and had the added bonus of being pokier than the entry level 2.4 XK unit without out-shining the larger power plants.
Being designed by Turner, it shares at least 8 parts with the Triumph T-120 Bonneville motorcycle: Its pistons! The V8-250 used domed motorcycle pistons to achieve its compression ratio.
It's lighter-weight than the XK-engined MK II so gets better fuel economy and handles better, although lacks the performance of the 3.4 and 3.8. It had the option of a 4 speed manual gearbox with overdrive, or a 3 speed auto-box, which is the same 3-speed transmission unit that goes in the Morris Oxford! The valve-seats can withstand unleaded fuel, although there's a debate on whether the valves themselves can take it. It has twin-SU carburettors and disk-brakes on all wheels.
|2548cc||V8 OHV||Daimler V8||76mm x 70mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|112 mph||13.8 s||22 mpg||140 bhp|
To good to use?
|Publication||Classic Cars October 2005|
|To good to use? - In nearly 40 years this mint and original Daimler has been driven just 2700 miles. This is its story. Daimler V8 250|
|Publication||Classics Monthly April 2008|
|DIY Daimler- A lack of experience didn't stop Mike Bradbury totally restoring his Daimler 250 V8. The result is a fitting tribute to his work.|
Hare and Tortoise?
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car December 2006|
|Hare and Tortoise? - For all the Jaguar Mk2's performance and panache, is the Daimler V8-250 a better driver's car? James Elliott thinks the unthinkable as he pits two Coventry icons head-to-head.|
Maintenance Guide - Daimler V8 250/2.5 Litre
|Publication||Classics April 2004|
|Maintenance Guide - Daimler V8 250/2.5 Litre. Unmistakably based on the Mark ll Jaguar, Damler's 2.5 Litre V8 saloon is powered by Daimler's own Edward Turner designed V8 engine which promises to be straightforward to maintain. Kim Henson investigates.|
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car August 2001|
|Turner's prizes - Daimler V8s - Motorcycle designer Edward Turner's superb V8 powered Daimlers. Bruce Baker tries 250, SP and Majestic Major.|