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Daimler SP250 "B" spec - deposit taken SOLD (1961)
|For sale Daimler SP250 / Dart|
17th July 1961 and is a "B" spec model. Chassis No. 103747
This car has only had 2 owners since 1978 and always garaged in this time.
Those who know the marque will appreciate how rare this model is. To those considering a classic car either to add to a collection, or as their only classic, the SP250 is ideal, having active club support and many marque parts and service suppliers.
Interest is always high when out with heads always turning to the wonderful noise produced by this 2.5litre V8.
It is believed that less than 2700 were made, most of which were for the left hand drive export market, being very popular in the USA. The SP250 owner’s web forum suggests there are only 1564 known surviving models, very few of which are original RHD models. The Honest John classic web site suggests 619 left and right hand drive models are registered in the UK, which makes this car a rare and appreciating asset.
The Daimler SP250 was built between 1959 and 1964 and was originally named the 'Dart' when it was launched at the 1959 New York Motor Show. However, following the threat of legal action from Chrysler, whose Dodge division owned the name, Daimler renamed the Daimler SP250.
It has a fibreglass body with a separate chassis, and advanced for its, time four-wheel Girling Disc Brakes, 2.5-litre Hemi-head V8 Engine designed by Edward Turner and either a 4-Speed manual gearbox or optional automatic transmission. Thirty black Daimler Darts with the Borg-Warner Model 8 3-speed automatic gearbox were used by the British Metropolitan Police. The most famous of which is the ex Chris Evans (ex-Top Gear and Radio 2 fame) model sold via Bonhams achieving over £80,000.
This particular model offered for sale here does not benefit from the famous owner or police heritage but is in effect the same car and as such is a significantly a more affordable and fast appreciating asset.
An original RHD UK car ordered by Reeve & Stedeford Ltd (Daimler Distributors) 53/54 Broad Street Birmingham Warwickshire for their client Godfrey C Trett of Birmingham under order no: 11/100/229, with a tan interior and both a hard top and a soft top in black together with a tonneau ; heater & demister (yes, an extra back in 1961) and steel wheels. It seems that the car had Mr Trett's registration number as the GCT series is out of date sequence with the build date and is a 1952 Lincolnshire allocated number.
This beautiful 'B' Spec example from 1961, finished in dark blue with the tan interior, black Mohair soft top by Brian Purves, matching blue tonneau cover, original steel wheels with new chrome hub caps (also included are the 4 aluminium full wheel hub cap/spinners with all fittings) rack & pinion steering, 2.5 Litre V8 'unleaded' engine, 4 Speed manual gearbox, stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel petrol tank, alternator conversion and electric cooling fan, spax front adjustable shocks, upgraded headlight H type bulbs .
Purchased by the previous owner in 1978 and said to be always garaged and regularly maintained by Phil Glenister of 'Autotec' before moving north to Cheshire under the current ownership.
The previous owner described the car as being repainted 2013 (Rover Ocean Blue) (but retaining the original black in boot and under bonnet colour) along with re-chromed bumpers etc, the engine was rebuilt in 2000 and new 'unleaded' Cylinder Heads were fitted by Barry Thorne in 2011.
The chassis is in excellent order as are the front and rear suspension mounts.
Although not concourse, it is in lovely condition throughout and drives superbly. The car also comes with its original factory hard top including the rear window, but this will need renovation. A file of paperwork and workshop manuals and other literature are available with the sale.
Whilst under the current ownership (a gentleman that has grown up with SP250’s) the car has been garaged benefitting from dehumidifier use. On taking custody of this unique classic, a program of maintenance work has been carried out to ensure modern road usability, this includes but not restricted to:-
New Vredestien Classic tyres x5, new battery, new clutch slave cylinder and master cylinder seals, new front brake calliper piston and seals, rear brake seals, selected brake pipes, new front suspension top ball joints, new starter motor, new plugs points and condenser with distributor doctor rotor arm and other typical servicing consumables oil and filters etc , new modern plug leads with integral plug extensions (original 8 plug extensions included),new electric radiator fan and thermostat together with sundry hoses, new front engine mounts, harmonic engine balancer and a David Manners front body mount tube.
The only reason this motor car is offered for sale is lack of space and that the vendor having enjoyed the performance of the Daimler but doesn’t wish to risk this rare vehicle in sprints and hill climbs is moving into classic motorsport with a fast road prepared Tr3a.