The fascinating story of Daimler’s glass fibre sports car, including its commercial feasibility at the time and key role in Daimler’s future, its development, production, and the proposal that could have seen it built into the 1970s. A bold new design, the Dart, as it was originally to be called, should have been Daimler’s saviour and a springboard to a range of new models, including saloons and coupes. Sadly, Jaguar bought the company before the car was allowed to evolve.
The book contains contemporary material and photography throughout to help owners looking to restore their vehicles in period guise.
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, the “Dart” 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 coupes. 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