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1963 Daimler SP250

Dart
$31,360
Sale Price
$40,000 - $50,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
30 September 2022
Sold Date
132
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. 100929. Blue-Grey with beige cloth top over beige leather. 2578/142hp V8, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, blackwall tires, laced leather steering wheel rim cover.

Evaluation: Regularly enjoyed by the current owner. Currently has a correct replacement engine but the original comes with the car. Protective clearcoat paint shows visible preparation flaws. Dirty wheels with banged wheel nuts. Sound but aged upholstery with deeply scuffed driver’s seat bolster. Dirty engine compartment and chassis. Very used, but also usable.

Bottom Line: Bought well considering its condition and mediocre performance. The body design? Well, it’s more distinctive than an MGC. Daimler, official marque of the Royal fleet, tried with this fiberglass bodied hemi-head V8 to break out of its staid image, to limited success. But for value-oriented buyers the SP250/Dart (Chrysler objected to the “Dart” name used in the UK) remains under the radar, and is an intriguing car at prices like this.

by Rick Carey
8 October 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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