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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.

    Laurence

  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 ; -)

      Cheers,

      Andrew

  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.

      Laurence

  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

  5. Can you help me with tracking down, or sharing my information with the owner of a specific car? My father own a 1961 SP250 ref 65 BLL back in the 70’s – desperate to make contact with the current owner – would make an old sentimental man very very very happy.

      1. Oh my Lawrence, that sounds very exciting!!! I will wait patiently for what I hope will be a positive reply. Fingers crossed

        Thank you again

    1. Hi James, I purchased 95 BLL from a cottage in Ewhurst in the ’70s after it had been in an accident which had destroyed the front nearside up to and including the door. I stripped it to a bare chassis which was then repaired. In 2003 I gave the chassis to my son and he started to rebuild it using another body. In January 2016 he decided to get married so passed the car to a restorer who promised to finish it off by 31st July. He eventually collected an unfinished car with an Mot on the eve of his wedding day in early October. It is now Silver and about 98% finished.

      1. Thanks Barry – that’s a nice end to a long journey for that car – so close on the reg too. 65 however, according to DVLA records is still the colour my father had it resprayed back in the 70’s – i’m told it was a brown used by Rolls Royce – i’ve Only ever seen black and white photos so fingers crossed i’ll get to see a colour picture of the current owner is willing. Hope your 98% complete car becomes 100% soon, if not already. I’d love to see a picture – even though it’s not the one I’m after i know my father would still be sentimental about it with such a similar plate

  6. I do not see any benefit from being a DLOC member, and in view of them outsourcing membership registration to an unknown source do not intend to renew this year.
    As an SP owner will I still be able to get onto this site and still receive Passport?

    1. Keith,

      The publication pasSPort is a private publication and open to any SP owner, its funding is by private donation or trade adverts, it’s not supported by any club. You will receive it until either you no longer own the car or we suffer monies shortfall that precludes its publication.

      I do think that the ‘outsourcing of the DLOC membership’ will be most beneficial. I have returned my details back to the chairman of the DLOC.

      Laurence

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