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Built from 1962 through to 1969, the Daimler 2.5 V8/V8 250 was the first car to be produced by the marque on the Jaguar platform, and the last Daimler to feature its own engine.
By the end of the production run, more than 17,600 cars were sold making it the best-selling car in Daimler’s history.
Based on the Mk2 Jaguar, the car featured an Edward Turner designed 2.5L V8 engine, and typically like this example a 3 speed automatic gearbox. The car was finished with its own unique Daimler touches, such as slimline bumpers and perforated leather upholstered interior.
I’ve been lucky enough to drive these cars before, and they are an absolute delight to waft about town in, with the luxurious interior and the smooth delivery of power from the V8 and automatic gearbox burbling along in comfort.
Mark has owned this car for just under a year, having wanted one since he was a little lad. Sadly circumstance has meant that he needs to part with the car in order to help care for his mother, otherwise this would probably be a car that he would keep for life.
He’s not had that much of a chance to enjoy the car really, but has ensure that it is running as it should do and checked over by a local specialist to ensure the car is ready for sale.
In his own words, Mark says the car is “a delight to drive“. I know exactly what he means from my own experiences with a V8 250, I would always have a smile on my face driving one of these.
The car is finished in a beautiful deep shade of blue, and Mark tells us the car was treated to a restoration at some point in the 90’s. The pictures tell this tale, with the car looking stunning.
The car even though exempt from needing one, has continued to have its MOT actioned every year over the past 5 years, and has passed with the current MOT ending in August. Mark tells us that the bodywork is in good condition with some tiny blemishes/bubbles on a couple of areas of the car.
The blue paint looks deep and strong from the pictures provided, and as mentioned the car was subject to a restoration which included a re-spray in the 90’s.
Glass and Trim
The glass and brightwork look to be in good order from the images provided, no overt signs of corrosion.
This V8 250 is finished in blue leather to match the exterior, a fine choice. Mark will be providing some photographs of the interior.
Seats and Carpets
Mark describes the interior as being in good condition, with leather upholstery showing its age with some characteristic cracking that you would expect. There is a small section of the front passenger seat that could benefit from some re-stitching where the leather has come away from the piping.
The dials on the dash look in good condition from the picture that Mark has provided, and they appear to have probably been refreshed when the car was restored.
The Daimler has an MOT until August 2018, and is road ready. As mentioned before, Mark has only had the car for less than a year and so it hasn’t been serviced, but has been checked over to ensure everything is in correct working order.
Engine and Gearbox
The Daimler is fitted with the 3 speed automatic gearbox, and of course the lovely 2.5L V8. The engine pulls strongly and can keep up with the traffic without issue. Mark tells us that the car goes through the gears as you would expect with a slightly noticeable gear-change from 2nd to 3rd when the car is cold.
Suspension and Brakes
Mark has said that the car handles the road without issue and brakes working smoothly too.
The car steers and brakes easily, and keeps up with modern traffic. As mentioned, Mark says the car is a delight to drive.
Electrics and Other
Mark has said that the car comes with an extensive history file, that includes details of the restoration that took place on the car in the 90’s. We will share the details on this when they have been provided.
The car is reading just over 14,300 miles. Although this mileage can’t be verified as accurate from new, it is in keeping with the MOT history back to 2005.
HPi Check Results
– A full HPi check is in progress, however Mark has confirmed there is no previously recorded accident history or outstanding finance.
These Daimlers are lovely cars. Perfect for pootling about town in absolute luxury.
My own experiences with this model left me feeling like royalty, the big front leather bench feeling like a throne, and the deep burble of the Daimler’s V8 transporting the car around in absolute style.
Prices on this model have held strong over the years, and as with many cars of this era, they are diminishing in numbers so finding a looked after solid example is becoming harder, making this car look a good buy.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Mark (owner and seller of the vehicle).
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Mark will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.