1965 Daimler 2 ½ Litre V8 Saloon

Make: Daimler
Model: 2 ½ Litre V8 Saloon
Year: 1965
Registration Number: HUC 577C
Chassis Number: P1A9069BW
Engine Number: 7A9236
Transmission: Right Hand Drive
Steering: Automatic
MOT Test Expiry: 4 August 2015
Sold For: £10120

Lot No: 298

Despite its outward similarities to the Jaguar Mk II, the Daimler 2 ½ litre V8 Saloon was a completely different proposition. Although it was the first Jaguar designed car to sport the Daimler badge, the 2 ½ Litre V8 unit was far more compact and lighter than the Mk II with its six cylinder XK engine. All motor cars were fitted with automatic transmission as standard until 1967 when a manual gearbox became optional. In May 1966 and just three years after its launch, the Daimler 2 ½ litre Saloon was tested by Autocar and found to be efficient, quiet and smooth to drive. Indeed, today it is widely preferred to its Jaguar sibling because of the Edward Turner designed engine.

Finished in the original, pleasing colour of Sherwood Green with tan leather upholstery, this example appears to be in good order throughout, with careful maintenance and sensible upgrades carried out.  We understand that work has included an engine rebuild by a retired Jaguar / Daimler mechanic, a brake overhaul and the fitting of a stainless steel exhaust system and Coombs-style rear arch panels. The dashboard and door cappings have been restored and the bodywork resprayed, which the current custodian describes as a ‘folly’! All parts requiring replacement have been renewed; overall, the motor car is considered by its owner to be very good. The running oil pressure is stated as being 60psi.

The smart Daimler is supplied with the original, virtually complete tool kit, a radiator-grille muff for winter motoring, a good service history, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, invoices, MOT test certificates, a lubrication chart, the V5 document, the V5C registration certificate and an original handbook, dealer list and service book. The road tax classification for this motor car is 'historic'.