STP63147One of Coventry’s oldest established car companies, Daimler, suffered several management and design upheavals during the 1950s, one of which resulted in the birth of the SP250 Sports Car, shown to the public for the first time in April 1959 at the New York Motor Show. The car was officially launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1959.

The chassis was almost a straight copy of the Triumph TR3 layout, as was the gearbox, but there was a longer wheelbase and the Daimler was faster than the Triumph. The body was made of fibre glass as Pressed Steel Limited wanted £100,000 for the dyes to produce a metal body. The moulds for the fibre glass were £10,000. Daimler had experience of fibre glass bodies from their bus operation. At first the build quality was somewhat doubtful but after Daimler were taken over by Jaguar in 1960 matters improved.

STP63148Sales in the USA were never as high as hoped even though an automatic transmission was available as it was, after all, the beginning of the E-type era. Jaguar/Daimler considered a restyle but abandoned it and no further Daimler sports cars were ever built. Production ceased in 1964 after a total production run of 2654 units, which included six prototypes.

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  1. Andrew,

    Thank you for sorting and repairing the high-jack site – no idea what pleasure these people gain from such actions.


  2. Is the club open to former owners?
    I organized the Daimler Owners Club in Southern California in the early 60’s
    We took tours together and two of us raced (quite successfully).
    I was second in the SCCSCC (Southern California Slalom Championship) in 1964.

    I have photos and a supply of Daimler Owners Club decals.
    Could I trade some of them for a cap?
    Just kidding – but I would like to buy a cap. How much American and to whom?

    Ken Seydel

    1. Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your message. Am not sure we have any caps but will check! Sounds like you have a wealth of history there. Yes ofcourse, all are welcome ; -)



  3. I have this evening had an argument about the Dailet dart SP250 that Cambd police ran in the 60’s.
    Issy the registation was BVE 165B
    he says BCE265 B
    Can you shed any light on this argument please.

    1. Sorry for late reply Graham,

      Close but neither right, the Cambridgeshire Police car was registered 165 BVE. Last heard of in Germany.


  4. I have owned a 64 SP since 1968. It is one of the last LHD sold in Vancouver. Complete with all the toys. As I raced it ( stock ) it comes with roll bar otherways everything is original. I would appreciate your opinion as to its value As is, or fully restored by professional shop ?
    Thank you, Cheers Peeter “Roo” HUNT

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