Daimler V8 S.P. 250: New Edition

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Jan 15, 2008 - Transportation - 192 pages

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 fibreglass-bodied, V8-engined and have a daring futuristic appearance stretches credibility to the limit ... but that's exactly what the company did produce between 1959 and 1964. A bold new design, ‘theDart' – as it was originally to be called – should have been struggling Daimler's saviour and a springboard to a range of new models, including saloons and coupés. Things didn't quite work out that way and Daimler was acquired by Jaguar, which led to the SP250's 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, colour schemes, clubs and specialists. Altogether a source book of essential information for SP250 and Daimler enthusiasts.


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Foreword by JackWickes
Introduction acknowledgements
The Daimler story
The DN 250 project
Birth of the SP
The first production models
Hoopers closecoupled saloon
The cat pounces
The SP 252 story 10 V8 saloons 11 Competition history 12 SP specials
Buying and restoration advice
Factory modification data courtesy Bryan Purves
Chassis numbers and production figures

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

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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