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Lot 088: Daimler 250 V8

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

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, alternator rather than dynamo 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 said to enjoy superior chassis dynamics to its Jaguar siblings due to its more favourable weight distribution thanks to the light-weight engine. This particular example was first registered in August 1969, an MOT from 1978 showing that when it was nine years old the mileage had accumulated to just under 69,000 miles. A further 15 MOTs show a glacial and sporadic increase in mileage over the years to the now indicated 81,500 miles which the vendor believes to be genuine. The comprehensive history file shows that the previous owner purchased the car from a gentleman in Clitheroe who had owned it since 1993. He used it until 2006 at which point he decided to undertake a full strip and repaint, photographs of which are on file. In 2010 he sold it as a nearly completed project in running condition but requiring final assembly. The new owner set about finishing the job, which included fitting the rechromed brightwork and attention to the leather and woodwork. Due to work commitments, he decided to pass it on to the vendor who has continued to care for and improve the vehicle, bringing it up to its current condition. During his ownership he has fitted four new tyres, a new brake master cylinder, 'Ignitor' electronic ignition and purchased a polybush kit for the front suspension which has yet to be fitted. In addition the car has front seat belts and a stainless steel exhaust system and comes with two sets of keys. The last MOT included an advisory indicating some corrosion to one of the jacking points which has now been professionally repaired. Taxed and MOTd until March 2014, this attractive example comes with its original lubrication chart and full workshop manual. Driven some 150 miles to the sale, it is reluctantly available due to a sudden and somewhat dramatic loss of storage!

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
Lot Number088
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration numberMWM 437H
Chassis numberP1K5595BW
Engine number7K5748
Engine capacity (cc)2548
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4