£10,000 for an 'exclusive and upmarket' 1960s Daimler

With Jaguar's acquisition of Daimler in 1960 came the 90-degree V8 engine, designed by Ed Turner, hoped to create a more exclusive and upmarket car for Daimler's more conservative client base.

The new model, launched in 1962, bore a distinctive version of the traditional Daimler fluted grille with added leather upholstery, spot and fog lamps, heated rear window and wheel trims (rim bellishers) as standard.

Reputedly capable of 115mph, the Daimler had 140bhp capacity and 155lbft of torque, along with superior chassis dynamics thanks to a more favourable weight distribution in comparison to its sibling, the Mk II.

The 1969 Daimler V8-250, estimated at £9,000-10,000

Finished in Dark Blue with Light Blue upholstery, this particular example will feature in H&H's April 21 auction in Buxton, UK, with an estimate of £9,000-10,000.

It is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment and interior trim.

According to the seller, the Daimler was "first registered in February 1969 and is among the very last 250 V8s made."

The automobile has undergone substantial restoration work including a bare metal respray and has the desirable 'Coombs' rear arches and re-chromed bumpers. The car has an MOT certificate valid until April 2011.

Other star lots at H&H's forthcoming include a Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona.


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