1961 Damiler SP250
Lot 328
Left-hand drive,1961 Daimler SP250 Sports Two-seater Chassis no. 100224 Engine no. 737-0284
Sold for £21,850 (US$ 36,725) inc. premium
Lot Details
Left-hand drive
1961 Daimler SP250 Sports Two-seater
Registration no. ESL 179
Chassis no. 100224
Engine no. 737-0284


  • The name Daimler is not one automatically associated with sports cars and therefore the company's announcement of a new sports car in 1959 caused considerable interest. Edward Turner, designer of the Triumph Speed Twin motorcycle, had recently joined Daimler as Managing Director and the new car was his baby. Initially labelled the 'Dart' until howls of trademark infringement came from Dodge and the model became known as the SP250, the new car adopted a chassis layout based very closely on Triumph's TR3A. The power unit was a 90 V8 of 2,548cc and the new car was offered with either manual or automatic gearbox. Power output was 140bhp at 5,800rpm and the new car offered genuine 120mph performance with 0-60mph acceleration in just 10.2 seconds. With such performance the SP250 was adopted by police forces for traffic patrol and also enjoyed competition success, particularly in the USA and Australia, in sports car races. Styling reflected unashamedly some American influence with its cascading bonnet, shark's mouth grille, prominent tail fins and wrap-around windscreen, the bodies being manufactured by Daimler in glass fibre. The SP250 was short-lived following the takeover of Daimler by Jaguar.

    This car has been in the present family ownership for some twenty years and was perhaps the favourite in the motor house, the original left-hand drive specification making it most practical for fondly remembered family overseas trips, the body configuration allowing for two (albeit cramped) passengers in the rear. A useful addition for this car has been a specially constructed and lockable luggage trunk that sits on those back seats, incorporating also a wind-deflector. The coachwork is liveried in green with black upholstery and comes with black hood and tonneau cover, a quantity of small spares and two service manuals. This manual transmission car comes also with a fibreglass hard top, lacking rear window glass. Although little used recently and therefore most probably benefiting from a service before active use, the car at the time of our inspection started readily and sounded good. It should be noted that the cracked windscreen will require repair or replacement. Overall presentation is good, including the engine compartment and boot, and the car is offered with a Swansea V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note 737-0284 is the car's body number, and not the car's engine number as stated. We have not currently been able to ascertain the car's correct engine number but expect to have this by the time of sale.
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