Lot 2106


1969 Daimler 250 V8 Saloon
Reg. no. YHN 448G
Chassis no. IK5600BW
Engine no. 7K 5765
After Daimler’s financial problems grew too great, both due to the decline of their traditional customer base, and the extravagant spending on one-off promotional vehicles by their managing director Bernard Docker, or more specifically his wife, the company was bought from BSA by Jaguar in 1960. Jaguar purchased the company mainly to expand their own production capacity, and therefore development of new Daimler models took a back seat. Jaguar did introduce the large DR450 limousine, but that had already been designed before the take-over. In 1962 the first Daimler conceived under Jaguar’s ownership emerged, the 2.5 V8. Basically, this was a Mk. II Jaguar with Daimler’s own excellent 2.5 litre Edward Turner-designed V8. There were cosmetic changes as well; for example, the radiator grille was made in Daimler’s trademark fluted style, and exterior and interior colour options differed from those of the Mk. II. In 1967, the car was updated and renamed the 250, with minor cosmetic changes plus the welcome upgrade to an alternator from a dynamo. Production ended in 1969 when Jaguar introduced the XJ6/Daimler Sovereign, and with the V8 died the last remaining link to independent Daimler engineering.
This very late 250 was first registered in July 1969. The mileage of 87,000 is substantiated by various invoices. Put into storage locally in 1999, it was recommissioned by the vendor in 2018 and is now said to be running well. Both the fuel and braking systems were fully overhauled, a new battery was fitted and the car is now said to drive very well. Despite being exempt, it passed an MOT in January of this year. The vendor states that the car would benefit from a respray, or alternatively is perfectly useable and enjoyable as it is. It comes with the aforementioned bills, an owner’s handbook, the original bill of sale, plus a V5c and current MOT.

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£4,800 - 5,200

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