Daimler V8 S.P. 250

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Jan 15, 2008 - Transportation - 208 pages
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Today very much part of the classic car scene around the world, the Daimler SP250 sports car has a fascinating and eventful history. The idea of staid and traditional Daimler building an open sports car is surprising enough in itself: that the car should be fiberglass-bodied, V8 engined and have a daring futuristic appearance stretches credibility to the limit...but thatís exactly what the company did produce between 1959 and 1964. A bold new design, the ďDartĒ as it was originally to be called, should have been struggling Daimlerís savior and a springboard to a range of new models, including saloons and coupes. Things didnít quite work out that way and Daimler was acquired by Jaguar, which led to the SP250ís Edward Turner-designed V8 engine being used in a Daimler-badged version of the Jaguar Mkll saloon. Here is the full story of the SP250 including concept, development and production history. Also covered are related models, specials, buying and restoration, chassis numbers, production numbers, color schemes, clubs and specialists. Altogether a source book of essential information for SP250 and Daimler enthusiasts.
  

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Contents

Foreword by Jack Wickes
6
Introduction acknowledgements
7
The Daimler story 2 TheDN 250 project
8
Birth of the
27
The first production models
50
Hoopers closecoupled saloon
80
The cat pounces
88
The BSpec cars
97
Competition history
139
SP specials
148
6
168
7
175
9
177
19
179
27
180
50
186

The CSpec cars
118
The SP 252 story
122
V8 saloons
132

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Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage machinery. A trained mechanical engineer and a former board member of the Daimler & Lanchester Owners' Club (as well as founder of the XJ Register), he has had strong links with the factory for two decades. Married to Miho and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), he now lives just outside Tokyo. With over 40 books published, he's a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers in the UK, the SAH in America, and the RJC and JAHFA in Japan.

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