1969 DAIMLER V8 250 FOUR DOOR SALOON
Registration No. EVX 188H
Chassis No. P1K5501BW
Engine No. 7K5660
Dark red with pale beige interior
Engine: eight cylinders in vee, overhead valve, 2,548cc, 140bhp at 5,800rpm; Gearbox: three speed automatic; Suspension: front independent coils with wishbones, rear, cantilevered semi-elliptic beam; Brakes: Dunlop servo-assisted discs all round. Right hand drive.
The first British manufacturer of motorised vehicles was a company called Daimler, established in 1893. While the first cars were imported from Germany, they had become emphatically British luxury carriages by the Edwardian era, and became the adopted transport for the Royal Family after the First World War. After the Second World War, management weakness and a somewhat confused and directionless model range brought the company to its knees, and it was bought by Jaguar in May 1960. Initially the range remained unchanged, offering as it did models that did not compete directly with the existing offerings from Browns Lane, and it was not until 1962 that attention was drawn back to the marque by Jaguar's release of the V8 250.
The V8 250 was essentially a Jaguar Mk II hull mated to the 2½ litre vee eight used in Daimler's SP250, and the Coventry firm earned accusations of badge engineering, the pundits feeling justified in their predictions of two years earlier. This was largely unfair, however; true, the new Daimler's body and mechanicals were essentially Jaguar, but it suited the Daimler mould with characteristically effortless performance matched with easy luxury. With 140bhp, the engine was already three years old but, coupled with a Type 35 Borg-Warner automatic gearbox (manual was not available), it could push the modest saloon up to 110mph and return 20mpg over a long journey. Production continued into 1969, and the model's life drew to an end after just over 17,600 had been manufactured.
The 250 offered here is a magnificently preserved example. The paintwork and bodywork are both original and in excellent condition. So too is the beige leather interior, which is clean and tidy, and shows wear that gives no reason to disbelieve the 26,200 miles displayed on the odometer. The engine bay, while not sparkling, looks free from corrosion, and enhances the car's overall presentation as a genuine, original, unrestored example. Originally registered with the brand new "H" suffix on the 1st of August, 1969 to a Mr William Grodon of Chelmsford, his is the only name recorded in the original buff logbook which, along with a modern V5, accompanies the car. Also included is a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate which confirms the veracity of the car's numbers.