Wed, 19th Jun 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 10
 

1959 Daimler SP250 Dart

Sold for £17,438

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: 50 AOG
Chassis No: 100578
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Very early example from the first-year of production

- Current ownership since 2001 and recent hood

- Offered with heritage certificate, handbooks and old MOTs


Further info:

This Daimler SP250 Dart is a very early, first-year production car, supplied new in November 1959 by famous Birmingham motor dealers Reeve & Stedeford. Marked by front corner chrome quarter flashes (or 'whiskers') in place of a bumper, recessed door handles and rear overriders, these early cars have a design purity that is somewhat lacking in later models. With chassis number 100578, this car is numerically the eighth right-hand drive example built, just two after the British Motor Show example (100576), potentially making it an historically significant car. Daimler's first foray into convertible two-seater sports cars, the SP250 Dart is a powerful beast. Combining a 2,548cc V8 with a lightweight fibreglass body and four Girling disc brakes gave a 0-60mph time of nine seconds and a top speed of 120mph, sparkling performance for the era. A generous boot and rear bench 'child' seat makes it a practical car with a great deal of luggage space, and the windows wind up (something lacking in many of its competitors).

This right-hand drive example has belonged to the current owner since 2001 and comes complete with heritage certificate, workshop manual, original owner's handbook, and a history file of invoices and previous MOTs. The car's white coachwork is described by the vendor as being in good condition and is complimented by a recent hood and removable tonneau cover. The interior, in dark beige/tan, is a great combination and presents well with a wonderful patina. The engine, also described as good, benefits from the sensible upgrade of electronic ignition and the car's wiring loom has been replaced. On successful completion of the sale, a hard top and later front bumper can be collected from the vendor. This very early, right-hand drive home market SP250, presented in 'good' condition throughout, deserves to attract significant interest.
 

All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wed, 19th Jun 2019

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