1960 Daimler SP250 'A-Spec'

Lot: 748

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 2.5L 1960 Daimler SP250 A Spec manual that has been with the current owner for the last 26 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 87 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Top-down fun with striking looks...Produced in Coventry from 1959 to 1964, the Daimler SP250 was originally known as the 'Dart', but Daimler soon dropped the Dart name when threatened with legal action by Chrysler's Dodge division, and the car was then renamed the Daimler SP250. TV talk show host and a custodian of two hundred cars, Jay Leno, has a Dart and raved about the car's attributes in his popular YouTube video series. Such was the speed and agility of the Dart many British police forces used them as response and chase cars along the new motorway systems.

Enjoyed by its enthusiastic owner for 26 years, this fabulous Dart is reading 68,000 miles and has been subject to a rolling maintenance/restoration program over the years. In 1995, it was repainted in its original colour and various bits of brightwork were rechromed at the same time and a year later the car acquired a new hood.

In 2004, it was taken down to its bare chassis, any repairs necessary were carried out and then the chassis was zinc sprayed and powder coated. At the same time the gearbox was overhauled, the brakes refurbished and the worm and peg steering, the suspension and the stainless steel exhaust were all brought up to scratch as the car was being reassembled. An engine rebuild in 2007 resulted in a higher than ideal oil consumption, so the whole thing was rebuilt again this year and is only just 'run in'. 

The Daimler Register can confirm that the Chassis, Engine, and Body of this SP250 are all original. Finished in an attractive shade of Maroon with a black interior, '1550 UE' is supplied with a history file going back some 26 years and a fresh MoT certificate valid until April 2017.


Lot Details

Registration: 1550 UE RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1960 Engine size: 2.5L
Make: Daimler Odometer reading (miles): 69000
Model: SP250 A Spec MOT expiry: 2017-04-12
Warranted: No Chassis number: 101375

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 87 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


I say good, because 20 years after the re-spray there are 1 or 2 very small imperfections in the paintwork, plus the odd chip. I had the bumpers and hub caps rechromed back in 1995.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


New carpets fitted 2005, and period seat-belts, front and rear, fitted 2004.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


The engine was re-built in 2007, but there was an unsatisfactory oil consumption rate, most likely due to the new piston rings not taking well to the honed cylinders. The subsequent re-build, completed early this year, appears to be very good, with absolutely zero oil loss in the 600 miles I have done running in the engine. My engine has had the valves and valves seats converted to run on un-leaded fuel.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Re-built 2004

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Brakes overhauled back in 2004, with new seals and stainless steel pistons. Front and rear springs were renewed, and the bushes and bearings serviced/renewed as required. Reconditioned steering column fitted, i.e. original worm and peg.


Minor: Major:


I say very good only because the wiring loom was renewed 10 years or more ago (by me, as it happens). All electrics work now, as they have done since the job was done.

Vehicle History


I have kept every MOT doc since owning the car (and the 2 SORN docs, which was when I had the first engine rebuild.). Parts receipts and rebuild invoices present and correct since i have owned it too. I have attached some photos from 2004 of the chassis rebuild in the photo section. 

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history