20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 404

1966 Daimler 2.5 V8 Saloon

Lot details

Registration No: JUX 428D
Chassis No: 1A10068BW
MOT: Exempt

  • Pre-250 Daimler 2.5 V8 presented in the appealing combination of Maroon with Cream leather interior
  • Subject to extensive engine overhaul with Russ Carpenter to the tune of over £7,000
  • In current ownership the last 9 years

In addition to yielding a much-needed extra factory, Jaguar's acquisition of Daimler in 1960 also brought with it the exquisite Ed Turner designed 90-degree V8 engine. By installing this 2548cc 'hemi' into the MKII bodyshell, Jaguar hoped to create a more exclusive, upmarket car that would appeal to Daimler's more conservative client base. Launched in 1962, the new model wore a distinctive version of the traditional Daimler fluted grille and was initially only available with three-speed automatic transmission. In common with the MKII, it featured all round disc brakes, independent front suspension and a Panhard rod located 'live' rear axle. Though, with leather upholstery, spot and fog lamps, heated rear window and wheel trims (rim bellishers) as standard, it was notably better equipped. Credited with 140bhp and 155lbft of torque, the Daimler was reputedly capable of 115mph. Much scarcer than its sibling, it was also held to enjoy superior chassis dynamics thanks to a more favourable weight distribution.

Supplied new to Majorie Joan Fraser of Auckland, New Zealand on 16th March 1966, this well-travelled Daimler remained in the Antipodes until being repatriated and first UK registered on 1st July 2013. Presented in the attractive combination of Maroon with contrasting Cream leather interior, the saloon entered the current ownership just over a year later. Entrusted to Daimler V8 guru Russ Carpenter in June 2015, the engine was treated to a thorough overhaul. The block was re-bored, the crank re-ground, camshaft re-profiled, tappet chest modified to eliminate rattle, pistons replaced, engine internals re-balanced, cam bearings and valve guides replaced with stainless steel valves for unleaded tolerance. The unit was then re-assembled with replacement ancillaries, the engine mounts replaced, radiator re-cored, a replacement stainless steel exhaust fitted, the distributor overhauled, carburettors and timing adjusted and more. These works totalled £7,139.29. More recently, the car benefitted from replacement Spax rear shock absorbers on 6th April 2022, with the front anti-roll bar and rear leaf springs being replaced that same month. Additionally, replacement front callipers were also installed to ensure the car was well-sorted. Regular maintenance including servicing has been undertaken where necessary, with the car looked after by Quest Brothers Classic Cars.

Included with the vehicle is a history file containing a copy of the New Zealand registration certificate from 1966 as well as a collection of invoices for works undertaken such as the engine overhaul. The V5C document is present which displays just one former UK keeper.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


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

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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