1960 Daimler SP250

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2021
Thursday, 17 June - Saturday, 19 June 2021
Sale Price
19 June 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 100191. Silver over red leather. 2548-cc V-8 with Edelbrock 4-barrel, 4-speed, modern aluminum radiator, alloy wheels, Sumitumo tires, woodrim steering wheel.

Evaluation: High quality paint with one small chip on the driver’s door and another on the passenger’s door. Erratic fit on the trunk but the doors look good. Wheels and tires look new. Very clean fully redone engine that is represented as matching numbers. Restored chassis. Very good interior other than some worn spots on the driver’s seat. It’s hard to call one of these V-8 British oddballs beautiful, but this is a great example.

Bottom Line: Much of Daimler’s history is filled with luxury saloons, limousines and hearses, and Daimlers were one of the royal family’s favorite marques. So it was a big surprise when Daimler put out a fiberglass-bodied hemi V-8 sports car with outrageous American-inspired styling. Called the Dart in the UK and the SP250 in the U.S. (Chrysler objected to the use of the Dart name over here), it enjoyed a short 2500-car run from 1959-64, after which Daimler kept right on building comfortable saloons.

Today, SP250s are worth similar money to an Austin-Healey but are a lot rarer and more interesting. This was a spot-on result for a clean, sorted, and tastefully improved example.

by Andrew Newton
28 June 2021
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