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1969 Daimler MkII 2.5 V8

Lot No.: 305

Registration: NSG 654G
Chassis Number: PIK4415BW
Engine Number: 7K45848
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2500
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Sold for (£): 10,350

Apart from gaining a much-needed extra factory, Jaguar's acquisition of Daimler in 1960 also brought with it their exquisite Ed Turner-designed V8 engine. By installing this 2,548cc 'hemi' into the MKII body shell, Jaguar hoped to create a more exclusive, upmarket car that would appeal to Daimler's more traditional client base.

Launched in 1962, the new model was instantly distinguished from its Jaguar siblings by the traditional Daimler fluted grille and was initially only available with a bench front seat and 3-speed automatic box. It was updated in 1967 with reclining front seats, slimmer bumpers, a dynamo rather than alternator looked after charging. It also came with a heated rear screen and various other upgrades. This model was known as the V8-250 rather than the 2.5-V8.

Otherwise identical to the MKII, it featured all round disc brakes, independent front suspension and a Panhard rod located live rear axle. With 140bhp and 155lbft of torque on tap from its magnificently smooth and sonorous V8, the Daimler was capable of 115mph. It was also said to enjoy superior chassis dynamics to its Jaguar siblings thanks to its more favourable weight distribution due to the relatively lightweight engine.

Owned by the vendor for the last 13 years and looking resplendent in Sebring Red with contrasting tan leather interior this particular Daimler 250 V8 looks absolutely stunning. The owner informs us that the car is very solid and structurally excellent with no major corrosion in the floor, boot well, arches and suspension mounts, so bodily the car is in superb condition with good panel fit/gaps. The paintwork is also in superb order with a great depth of shine.

Inside the tan leather interior is in excellent order retaining a pleasant suppleness as well as a nice patina and beautiful aroma. The seats, door cards and carpets are exceptional and the headlining and woodwork appear original and in very good order. The car has some nice original qualities and with its bright paintwork, chrome wire wheels and beautifully aged upholstery, this really is a very attractive motor car.

The vendor informs us that on the road this MKII Daimler performs well with a fit, strong, healthy 2.5 litre engine demonstrating excellent performance. The oil pressure reads well and there is no smoking or any engine related issues. The automatic gearbox is smooth and shifts well through all gears and works beautifully. The braking system, which was overhauled in 2010, pulls the car up perfectly.

Cars like this are a testament to their careful loving owners, this Daimler really is a very strong and beautifully presented car that is ready to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come.