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Lot 045: Daimler 2.5 V8 Saloon

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Apart from gaining a much-needed extra factory, Jaguar's acquisition of Daimler in 1960 also brought with it the exquisite Ed Turner designed V8 engine. By installing this 2,548cc 'hemi' into the MKII bodyshell, Jaguar hoped to create a more exclusive, upmarket car that would appeal to Daimler's more traditional client base. Launched in 1962, the new model was instantly distinguished from its Jaguar siblings by the traditional Daimler fluted grille and was initially only available with a bench front seat and 3-speed automatic box. Otherwise identical to the MKII, it featured all round disc brakes, independent front suspension and a Panhard rod located live rear axle. With 140bhp and 155lbft of torque on tap from its magnificently smooth and sonorous V8, the Daimler was capable of 115mph. It was also said to enjoy superior chassis dynamics than the Jaguar thanks to its more favourable weight distribution. Dating from 1966, the vendor states that: This Daimler 2.5 V8 was restored to a very high standard in the previous ownership and finished in Indigo Blue with original red leather interior. All woods have been professionally repolished. Mechanically she performs faultlessly, having had the benefit of an engine rebuild in recent years. She also benefits from the desirable power steering option. There is a very comprehensive history file detailing the work carried out. Believed to have been previously registered in the Channel Islands, the indicated mileage of some 60,000 could well be correct. She has an MOT until December 2012.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number045
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9400
Year1966
Condition rating
Registration numberMBJ 124D
Mileage-
Chassis numberPIA10878BW
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2548
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors