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Lot 159: Daimler (Jaguar) 250V8 Saloon

Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars, Barons (28 October 2013)

The V8 powered MKII Jaguar came about after Jaguar acquired�Daimler in 1960. There were many things that Jaguar did not carry forward, because all they really wanted was the extra production capacity, but they retained the Daimler name and the 2.5 litre Edward Turner V8 from the SP250/Dart. This lovely little engine used domed�pistons, derived from motorcycle engines and a hemispherical head. Edward Turner was with Triumph Motorcycles before joining Daimler and was a excellent engineer. The Daimler 2.5 Litre V8 was more powerful than the entry level, 2.4 MKII Jaguar. Add a bit of bling, some luxury appointments and the Daimler name and you had a V8 powered, luxury, compact saloon, which could benefit from the success of the MKII but appeal to a whole new market. In 1967 the car was renamed the Daimler 250 V8 when Jaguar introduced some cost cutting on the MKII range and rebranded the model as the 240/340 (and a few 380's). Fortunately the Daimler escaped the cost cutting, in the main, and retained the leather interior and exterior chrome and lights. It did share the new slimline bumpers, but some people prefer these to the heavy, fluted type of the earlier cars. This example of the 250 V8 has been the subject of considerable restoration by Vergeo Restorations, which began in 2009 and was completed in 2012. The works included strip down and steam clean of car after removal of all doors, chrome, lights and interior. Removal of any corroded metal and let in new, fit 4 new jacking points, strip and repair doors, full, bare metal repaint (80% of body stripped), full retrim with Connolly hide in black, new Black and Wood Carpet and underfelt, new Motolita steering wheel, refurbish interior wood trim, new headlining and sun visors, complete brake overhaul, chrome wire wheels, new exhaust, battery plugs, stainless steel water pipes, new water hoses, electric cooling fan, new radiator, new oil cooler, thermostat and new period number plates. Finished in white with the black Connolly hide interior the car was stored for some 20 years when in the ownership of a university professor. The last owner had the car from 2007 and the vendor has covered around 100 miles since the restoration was finished. This Daimler is offered complete with the registration AIL 31 and has an MoT through to April 2014.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars
Barons, Esher Hall Sandown Park Exhibition Complex Surrey. UK
Lot Number159
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8000
Condition rating2
Registration numberAIL 31
Chassis numberP1K4704BW
Engine number7K4830
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors