1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752
Lot 109
1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster
Registration no. 3785 AD Chassis no. 10752
Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 35,374) inc. premium

Lot Details
1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752 1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster  Chassis no. 10752
1960 Daimler SP250 Roadster
Registration no. 3785 AD
Chassis no. 10752

* One of approximately 550 right-hand drive 'A'-Series cars
* Up-rated to 'B' specification
* Present ownership since 1983
* Fully restored between 2014 and 2016

Footnotes

  • An unusual departure for a firm more noted for its stately limousines, the SP250 sports car was Daimler's final fling before its acquisition by Jaguar. Aimed at the North American market and launched in 1959, the SP250 employed a separate ladder-type chassis on which sat controversially styled glassfibre coachwork manufactured by Daimler themselves. Four-wheel disc brakes were an unusual feature at the time, but unquestionably the car's biggest virtue was its 2.5-litre V8 engine, designed by the legendary Edward Turner of Triumph motorcycles fame. An outstandingly flexible unit, the smaller of Daimler's two V8s produced 140bhp, an output good enough to propel the SP250 to a top speed of 125mph. In keeping with the demands of its intended market, automatic transmission was available as an option. The model survived Jaguar's 1960 take-over, benefiting from its new owner's attention that resulted in the much-improved 'B' version. Introduced in April 1961, the SP250 'B' boasted a stiffer chassis and thicker glassfibre coachwork, while its 'C' replacement, introduced in April 1963, differed only in detail. Sadly, the Jaguar E-Type's arrival meant the SP250's days were numbered, and production ceased in 1964.

    First registered in 1960, this beautiful SP250 is one of approximately 550 right-hand drive 'A'-Series models built. The present owner acquired the car in 1983, and drove it for three years before an engine problem forced him to take it off the road. The engine was subsequently rebuilt in the 1990s by Graham Harper of Glasgow. The Daimler was stored for some 30 years before a full restoration commenced in October 2014. Entrusted to Malton Coachworks, the rebuild included upgrading the chassis to the improved 'B' specification. Dawson Upholstery (also of Malton) re-trimmed the interior at a cost of £9,730, with the total cost of the restoration exceeding £40,000 (see bills on file).

    Only some 500 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion with a few snagging issues yet to be resolved. It is noted that the overdrive and speedometer are currently inoperative and there are some alignment issues in the opening panels. Finished in stunning light blue with matching leather interior, '3785 AD' is offered with an old-style logbook, current MoT, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned restoration bills.

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