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Lot 104: Daimler Dart SP 250 c

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

The Daimler SP250 is a sports car which was built by British manufacturer Daimler in Coventry from 1959 to 1964. The SP250 was originally known as the Daimler Dart, however Daimler were soon forced to drop the 'Dart' name when threatened with legal action by Chrysler's Dodge division who 'owned' it, and the car was then renamed the Daimler SP250. It was launched at the 1959 New York Motor Show, and its greatest success was in the North American market. It had a radical fibreglass body, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, very advanced, and a 2.5-litre Hemi-head V8 engine designed by Edward Turner. The car was described as a 2+2, but the bench-like rear seat offered very limited leg room unless the front seats were pushed fully forward. Thirty black Daimler Darts with the Borg-Warner Model 8 3-speed automatic were used by the British Metropolitan Police. This wonderful example, bought by the present vendor in 2010, was the subject of a complete restoration which began in 1991 and was completed in 1995. This was carried out after the car had been barn stored for about 13 years. Shortly after the restoration was completed, the car featured in the May edition of Practical Classics, was a club Concours winner in 1997 and again featured in the same magazine in 2008. Full documentation of its restoration can be seen on file. This fabulous car is finished in the desirable colour combination of metallic blue with tan hide interior; the blue hood is in good condition as indeed is the rest of the car. A truly iconic British sports car which is offered in excellent condition and is ready to be enjoyed on the open road, as exciting today as it was in 1963.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number104
Estimate£30000-£35000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1963
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Registration number6523 KO
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Chassis number104324
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