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Lot 008: Daimler 250 V8 Saloon

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (26 September 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. It was updated in 1967 with reclining front seats, slimmer bumpers, dynamo rather than alternator charging, a heated rear screen and various other upgrades, this model being known as the V8-250 rather than the 2.5-V8. 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 to its Jaguar siblings thanks to its more favourable weight distribution due to the relatively light-weight engine. This particular car was first registered in January 1968 and was acquired by the founder of the Stondon Motor Museum in 1983 with just four owners before that. An automatic model with the desirable power steering option, it comes with a fair amount of history including a service book showing 13 services up to 1978 by which time it had covered some 36,700 miles. Various old MOTs show that this total had risen to 75,000 miles by 1993 and the speedo currently reads 76,100 miles. Presented in a most attractive colour scheme of silver with a red leather interior, the car appears to be in very good condition throughout apart from the headlining which has dropped somewhat in the middle. Said to be in good running order, it will doubtless benefit from some precautionary recommissioning before being pressed back into use. It comes with the aforementioned service history, original green log book and current V5C.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number008
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9200
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration numberTAN 710F
Chassis numberPK1609BW
Engine number7K1664
Engine capacity (cc)2548
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors