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1968 Daimler V8

Story and History

1968 Daimler V8 250 - 36.000 miles only

Jaguar introduced their mid - sized saloon range in 1956 and so successful were these models that Jaguar saw an opportunity to launch an up market Daimler version after their purchase of Daimler in 1960

Within 2 years the model was ready for the public, adorned with additional chrome work and fitted with the sweet Ed Turner designed 2.5 litre V8, already utilised by Daimler in the SP250 sports car

The model proved most popular, and with significantly more urge than the Jaguar 2.4 equivalent and yet much better economy than the Jaguar 3.4, performance of which the Daimler was closer, it is easy to understand why

Moreover the engine is a complete gem, running exceptionally smoothly all the way through the rev range and having a delightful tune to boot

Production ran until 1969, shortly after the XJ6 and Daimler Sovereign had been introduced - and this example, being of the late production series benefits from many upgrades:-

Automatic transmission (optional), power assisted steering (optional again), slimline bumpers, negative earth electrics, an alternator replaced the dynamo, twin air cleaners and perforated (or as they described it at the time ventilated) upholstery and an electrically heated rear window

As well as these goodies there is a mountain of history in the file evidencing the nominal mileage covered since new

The original book pack is there, together with service voucher booklets, instruction manual, sales facilities booklet, a file of MoT's and various tax discs together with invoices for servicing works undertaken

Most of her formative years were spent in the Windsor, Bourne End and home counties areas, only moving up to Lincolnshire in 2000 and most recently coming back to London from Eastbourne where garage space was shared with many other cars

The underside is waxoiled and only one jacking point has had to be replaced, all other parts remaining in tact and original

The interior is unmolested, whilst the engine bay is in similarly original, delightful condition, all chrome is complete and not pitted except the rear bumper where there is some lifting on the top surfaces and the bodywork is sharp, straight and fresh - there will have been some expert refinishing here at some point as it is so shiny I find it hard to believe it to be completely original

In essence a joy of a car and one which we are lucky to have come our way


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