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Lot 104: Daimler SP250 Dart

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

During the late 1950s Daimler were experiencing financial problems with the demise of their traditional limousine market, and to improve matters by capitalising on the renewed interest in sports cars, launched the stylishly-finned Dart at the New York Auto Show in 1959. Hurriedly renamed the SP250 after Dodge crossly laid claim to the Dart brand name, the new model was impressively fast, mainly thanks to an Edward Turner-designed all new V8 engine. With a relatively low weight and 140bhp on tap, the car hit 60mph in a very respectable 9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 122mph. To reduce production costs and save money on metal stamping dies (Daimler didn't plan large scale production), the body was made of glass-fibre over a metal frame. This was a fairly radical break for a company perceived as the ultimate in traditional build technique at the time, although it had been used by Lotus and a few other manufacturers.

It got off to a somewhat slow sales start, and then in 1960 the ailing Daimler was sold to Jaguar. With Jaguar's sensational new E-type sports car due in 1961, the SP250 wasn't given the attention it deserved; only 2,648 SP250's were built, about 10% of what was originally envisaged, and then Daimler was out of the sports car business. SP250s had an extensive and successful competition history in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Today the SP250 is without doubt one of the most sought-after of the post-war Daimlers.

9473 CD was an extremely original 2-owner car in good condition , 2-owner car from new. Finished in the stunning shade of Westminster blue paint complimenting a red leather interior with white piping, the vendor describes the car as being in excellent restored condition. Remarkably, this is the first time this car has been on the market since 1965, usually in our experience a very positive sign in a car's history; it comes complete with its original green log-book, full history from new, and all service and hand books. Among recent work carried out in 2011 to 2012, 9473 CD was subject to a bare fibre-glass re-spray, full re-chrome, new brake discs and pads, and under body under seal.

With values of the nearest competitors soaring out of reach, it is now time to reappraise the Dart for what it is - a fast, stylish, well engineered motor car of the sort we may never see again.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number104
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£16500
Condition rating0
Registration number9473 CD
Chassis number103909
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2