Daimler V8 250.
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 used in the Dart sportscar. 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, dynamo rather than alternator charging, a heated rear screen and various other upgrades, this model being known as the 250 V8 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 also said to enjoy superior chassis dynamics to its Jaguar siblings thanks to its more favourable weight distribution due to the relatively light-weight engine The car is automatic with power steering and chrome wire wheels. It has been a daily/weekly driver Previous owner is a specialist in conserving old paintings in Ireland’s National Gallery. She believes in preserving originality rather than restoration and applied this principle to her car too hence the shabby chic look. However the mechanical have had a lot of money spent recently: New brake master cylinder and wheel cylinder. New front cross member and outriggers, new hoses, needles and jets in carbs all fitted by Gordon Kellet Services in Dublin. Also had recent new tyres, rear springs, stainless exhaust and carpet set. The contents of the history file suggest this car has covered only 4000 miles since 1996. Comes with receipts back to 1995, some old MOTS, large and small tools. Drive as is or use and improve.
- Condition: 2/3
- Reg number: XHX225g (old English reg no)
- Date of registration: 23/10/1968
- Mileage: 29000 (not warranted)
- MOT: 14-07-2016
- SOLD £7526