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1963 Other Makes Daimler SP250 Dart SP250

Condition: Used
Make: Other Makes
Model: Daimler SP250 Dart
SubModel: SP250
Type: Convertible
Trim: Covertible
Year: 1963
Mileage: 2,005
VIN: 101555
Color: White
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Red
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Lubbock, Texas, United States

Description for Other Makes Daimler SP250 Dart 1963

Extremely rare 1963 Daimler SP250.

This is the type of vehicle car collectors look for to complete a collection as so few exist, et alone are located in the United States. Not many people have heard or seen a Daimler SP250 with total production numbers for this vehicle over a 5 year run at only 2,654 total produced with Hagerty Insurance believing that only 2500 may still exist. This car was designed as a sports car by British manufacturer Coventry and was the last car launched by Daimler before it was sold to Jaguar Cars in 1960.

It originated because Daimler company wanted a saloon car power by a V8 engine, n 1960 Jaguar offered their influence offering a more improved chassis with less flex.

Built by the factory as a fiberglass bodied car this example is and powered by a "baby" 2.5L Hemi and with the optional equipment listed below.

Optional equipment:

  • Automatic Transmission
  • Wire wheels
  • Front and rear bumpers
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Windscreen washers
  • Heater.

This example has a very original appearance with at least one repaint over its life. The trim and badging all appear to be original and has some pitting and patina from age. The convertible top and interior are in great shape. The engine runs out well and shifts easily. The engine appears original, lthough a powerglide transmission was installed at some point. It does come with a Daimler automatic 3 speed transmission also. The undercarriage of this SP250 is extremely nice and solid. This is really a quality car that can be enjoyed for years to come as it is... it isn't a fresh frame off restored car and isn't priced as such. If you have any questions or need specifics please ask away.

This is the first Daimler SP250 that we have had cross our path and truly feel that it is a collectors car. Not many exist that are in quality condition, nd those that do, re usually housed in top Car Collectors collections such as Jay Leno. Speaking of which, his car was purchased out of a 540 car collection on the CNBC Television show "The Car Chasers" . This is the first time we are offering it up for sale. Again if you have any questions or would like additional photographs please do not hesitate to contact us we do check our emails throughout the day.

The Engine:

The engine bristled with modern technology, ncluding aluminum heads with fully machined hemispherical combustion chambers, ardened valve seats, nd 70 degrees between the valves. A very high-mounted central camshaft with aluminum pushrods opened said valves, nd double valve springs closed them reliably at engine speeds over 6000 rpm. A finned cast aluminum oil pan carried more than 7 quarts of oil. With 8.2:1 compression, he compact, ightweight engine made 140 hp and 155 lb-ft of what was often described as "turbine-smooth torque." -MotorTrend


The British Daimler Motor Company of the 1950s (no relation to Daimler-Benz) was a dead brand walking, rimarily making limousines and hearses for the UK upper class and royalty. A fiberglass-bodied sports car with outrageous American-inspired styling seemed nearly impossible. But that's exactly what appeared on the Daimler stand in 1959 at the New York Auto Show.

The Daimler SP250 - originally referred to as the Daimler Dart before Dodge objected - possessed controversial styling. The car's gaping grille and whisk-like bumper overriders in particular have caused some to refer to the SP250 as an angry catfish. But performance was vivid (120 mph+) due to lightweight construction and a sparkling little 2.5-liter hemi V8. Disc brakes on all four wheels gave excellent stopping power.

On the minus side, arly cars - known as A-spec cars - lacked rigidity, nd doors were known to fly open when being flogged over rough pavement. This was later corrected in 1960 with the stiffened B-spec cars, ut heavy and vague steering plagued all of the model's guises. With production of just over 2,500, urviving cars are prized and surprisingly, everal specialists cater well to the car's needs. -Hagerty Insurance

Please Read:

This vehicle is being listed by Flat Twelve Gallery, licensed Texas Dealer, s seen on CNBC's television show "The Car Chasers" , nd is located inLubbock, exas. We have photographed this car, lthough if there are specific items you would like us to inspect please contact us before bidding. We have assisted in the sale of numerous celebrity and high profile vehicles includingBella's Truck from the movie "Twilight", he "Fast and Furious" S2000, he "Transformers" Sector 7 Sandrail and Charlie Sheen's Plymouth Fury to name a few. Please feel confident in our feedback and years that we have been conducting business oneBay, ur descriptions and the fact that people often write that our cars "Are better the described" This vehicle is being sold as is, here is with no warranty, xpressed written or implied. The car will be sold with a good title. Miles are exempt due tovehicleage and Texas DMVrequirements. The highest bidder after the reserve is met is agreeing to purchase at the price agreed upon on the vehicle andNO RENEGOTIATIONof any type will take place. Please ask any and all questions ahead of time because what is important to you may be different then us and we recommend seeing yourpotentialpurchase ahead of time as your mental picture of thevehiclemay bedifferent. Pick up or shipping of the vehicle is a buyer's expense. A $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid within 48 hours of auction end with Wire-Transfer or via Pay Pal, alance is due within 5 days of auction end by Cash or Wire-Transfer. Please note, ehicle will not leave Lubbock, X until ALL funds have cleared. No refunds, eturns, tc. If you are planning on financing the vehicle, lease arrange financing on this vehicle before bidding- we do not offer financing. Customers with zero, egative feedback, r less then 5 positive bid history must contact us prior to biddingor we reserve the right to cancel your bid.We reserve the right to contact the high bidders and request contact information. I do report all fraudulent bidders to ebay. We reserve the right to re-list or sell the vehicle in the event of a non-paying bidder. We also reserve the right to end the auction early.


If buyer is outside of Texas, $50 documentation fee will be collected in addition to the sales price along with ADV tax (.0001853 ofpurchaseprice)and a $5 temp plate fee. Documents will be faxed and signed and a drivers license copy will need to be sent over. For buyers in Texas, he above applies, long with collection of registration fees and sales taxes per Texas law.