Daimler SP250 

1960 Dart

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  • Year
    1960
  • Mileage
    7,685 miles
  • Colour
    RED
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    4
  • Engine Size
    2.5L
  • BHP
    140 bhp
  • 0 to 62 mph
    8.9 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Steering Wheel
    RHD
  • Year
    1960
  • Mileage
    7,685 miles
  • Colour
    RED
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    4
  • Engine Size
    2.5L
  • BHP
    140 bhp
  • 0 to 62 mph
    8.9 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Steering Wheel
    RHD

Technical Data

  • Dimensions
    • Height
      1,276 mm
    • Length
      4,191 mm
    • Width
      1,524 mm
  • Emissions
    • Engine Euro Status
      0
  • Engine and Drivetrain
    • Cylinders
      8
    • Driven Axle
      RWD
    • Engine Capacity
      2,547 cc
    • Gears
      4
    • Steering Wheel
      RHD
    • Wheelbase
      Standard
  • Fuel Consumption
    • MPG
      25
  • Performance
    • Acceleration (0 - 62 MPH)
      8.9 secs
    • BHP
      140 bhp
    • Maximum Speed
      123 mph
  • Weight and Capacities
    • Seats
      2
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About this Daimler SP250

The Daimler SP250 was launched as the 'Daimler Dart' at the New York Motor Show in April 1959 (and unofficially voted as the ugliest car at the show) although preliminary details and pictures first appeared in ‘The Motor’ on 1st April 1959. Unfortunately, its baptism at the New York Show was overshadowed by the Chrysler Corporation objecting to Daimler’s use of the name ‘Dart’, as Chrysler had previously registered that name for one of its own in-house Dodge models, therefore it became known as the SP250 which was its production type number, but affectionately it has always been called ‘The Dart’.

The Metropolitan Police recognised the 120mph plus capability of the car and they purchased 26 Black Daimler Dart's which were used as 'high speed' chase cars and the mere sight of a black SP250 was more than sufficient to quell an errant speeding car driver and the 'ton-up' biker dashing around the North Circular Road in London near the notorious Ace Café.

The SP250 had a Fibreglass Body mounted on a Ladder frame Chassis and had a 2547cc V8 Engine with Hemispherical Aluminium Cylinder Heads and a 5 main bearing Crankshaft and it produced 140bhp @ 5800 rpm with a Maximum Torque of 155lbs ft. This was mated to a 4 Speed Manual Gearbox with an optional Overdrive or with an Automatic Transmission. Due to the fact that almost 50% of production would be destined for the USA and Canada, a large number of the car's features were optional extras to save on import duties into the United States.

The following items could all be ordered for the standard car:

* Wire Wheels
* Whitewall Tyres
* Adjustable Steering Column
* Hard Top
* Front and Rear Bumpers
* Windscreen Washers
* Heater
* Fog Lights
* Seat Belts
* Overdrive
* Automatic Gearbox

See the Owners Club page for more detailed information on the car: https://daimlersp250dartownersclub.com/history/

According to the Jaguar Heritage Trust production record trace certificate, this lovely 'A' Spec Daimler SP250 Dart - Chassis No: 100689 was built on 27th April 1960 and supplied by Daimler dealers Spink Motors in Bournemouth to a Mr Dennis Alsop and first registered on 2nd May 1960 with his private number plate DA 12.
It is finished in its original colour of Rochester Red with a Tan Leather interior and it came with the the optional factory Hardtop in Black, Smiths heater, Wire Wheels and Overdrive Gearbox.

Mr Alsop kept the car for nearly 50 years and did have a restoration carried out on the car before selling it to Classic Automobiles in Wandsworth, London in 2009, but unfortunately little is known of the car's history during Mr Alsop's ownership. His number plate was taken off in 2007 and it was re-registered with period plate 6516 EL.

The car was subsequently sold by Classic Automobiles to a Mr Aldo Salvade in Italy who had a small collection of Classic Cars and there is correspondence in the file from him regarding the car and works carried out by him whilst in his ownership. Works included an engine and gearbox rebuild along with a new clutch, water pump and numerous other parts and there are invoices for all parts in the history file. The Dart spent ten years with Mr Salvade at his home in Tuscany until he sold the car in 2018 to his English neighbour who had the car transported back to his home in Stratford Upon Avon. The car was re-registered with its original number 6516 EL and was eventually sold in April 2019 to Evoke Classics in London.

They had the car completely repainted in July 2019 along with some other works and sold it to the last owner from Bristol in August 2019. The car is now in beautiful condition and comes with its original tonneau & hood covers and its original black factory hard top which was also renovated and repainted to the same standard as the rest of the car. The interior is lovely and the Chrome excellent and it has a brand new set of Chrome Wire Wheels with the correct and period B F Goodrich tyres.

The car really does drive superbly and it has now covered around 3,000 miles since the engine and gearbox were both rebuilt and it comes with a very good history file containing lots of invoices, old MOT certificates and a number of old Tax Discs, Heritage Trust Production Trace Certificate, photographs of the car completely stripped for repainting in 2019 plus previous ownership history and its clear HPi Check Certificate.

The SP250 is a very reliable car and they are great fun to drive and perfect for touring around the UK and Europe. They are also a pretty rare site on our roads today as only 2,654 cars were built between 1959 and 1964 before production finished and half of these were exported, so they have started to become very collectible.

Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake, SW London

NB: Classic Chrome Ltd make every effort to ensure that the information in this advertisement is accurate and all statements as to provenance and condition are given as opinions only. When describing any car that is more than 20 years old, we sometimes have to rely on the car’s history file and any information provided by the previous owner(s). This information in passed on in good faith and is therefore not purported to be a statement of fact. Any prospective purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the condition and fitness for use of the vehicle. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Daimler SP250 Dart

Specification

  • Exterior
    • Chrome Wire Wheels
    • Factory Hard Top
    • Full Weather Equipment
    • Hood cover
    • Tonneau Cover
    • Interior
      • Leather Mota-Lita Steering Wheel
      • Leather Trim
      • Safety
        • Front Disc Brakes
        • Rear Disc Brakes
        • Technical
          • 4 Speed Gearbox with Overdrive
          • Other
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