1963 Daimler Dart SP250
Only 6,000 miles on professionally rebuilt engine; steering rack conversion; wire wheels on splined hubs; suspension rebuilt and expertly modified; original interior; a thoroughly sorted Dart that is ready to enjoy
Purchased by the previous owner way back in 1996, this splendid Dart has been much loved and cared for. Little is known of its early history and the V5C declares it as manufactured in 1963 but the chassis number indicates that it is a 1960 model.
Many invoices and a spreadsheet in the history file show all that has been done to the car since 1995, turning it into the smart example that you see today. In 1995 a new clutch was fitted and two years later a new radiator and sundries. In addition to numerous small detail items, new seat foams were installed in 1998, an electric fan added in '99 and a new fuel tank and rear springs in 2000. Later that year the brakes were basically replaced and in October of that year a new tonneau was fitted.
In January 2002 the car was treated to a professional respray in Ferrari Rosso Corsa, the result of an incident when the bonnet flew open (a common issue by all accounts) which has been properly rectified and secured with a chain to prevent it happening again! The colour really suits the car and has stood the test of time well, with just a few minor blemishes.
In July 2002 the engine received a top-end rebuild by marque experts Cable Autos and then 4,000 miles later in 2006, Cable Autos undertook a full rebuild which has proved most successful. The engine has covered around 6,000 miles since and runs very sweetly indeed with good 40psi oil pressure at tick-over.
In 2007 Bryan Purves fitted a set of wire wheels - with splined adaptors and new tyres. The adaptors were subsequently replaced with the correct splined hubs. 2015 saw a major overhaul of the suspension. This included a steering rack conversion, a rear suspension upgrade to telescopics and a full front suspension rebuild - this time by Daimler SP250 specialist Robert Grinter, which has transformed the driving experience. The bill for this work was £5,605. In April 2016 he also fitted new brake and clutch pipes, rear wheel bearings as well as other work adding a further £2,382 to the total spend to date.
It has since had a new hood bag, new seat belts, Lucas voltage regulator, fuel pump, sports coil – the list goes on – all indicative of a fastidious owner maintaining and improving the car.
Our vendor acquired the car via Brightwells in July 2020 and has used it only lightly. Driven some 25 miles to the sale it has been running beautifully as we have moved it around on site and is every bit as nice as it looks in the photos. Only reluctantly for sale due to lack of storage, it has been gamely entered at no reserve so the best bid takes it home.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
Reg No: 51AXA
Chassis Number: 1000691
Engine Number: 89152
Engine Size: 2548cc
Docs: V5C; 21 old MOTs; spreadsheet summary of work done; lots of bills; factory workshop manual
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