Win Percy pays top price for historic Daimler SP250

UK auction house Historics at Brooklands has achieved a believed World Record price for a Daimler SP250 ‘B’ Spec – uniting the car with a well-known name in the process.

Selling for £44,240 on October 22nd in Surrey, the dashing 1962 Daimler ‘Dart’ ordered new by London’s Metropolitan Police as a ‘chase-car’, and latterly used as a course car for the world-renowned Goodwood Revival, is now under proud ownership of three-time winner (’80, ’81, ’82) of the British Touring Car Championship, Winston ‘Win’ Percy.

Despite being partially disabled following  a non-racing related accident in 2003, 68-year old Win now plans to have the car sympathetically adapted in order to allow him to drive it, and to return to Goodwood in 2012 to continue the cars legacy in what will be its 50th Anniversary year, in his unpaid role as Driving Standards Officer.

Commenting on his new car, tin-top star Percy, a Bathurst 1000 winner (1990) who can also boast European Touring Car Championship race wins on his CV, alongside eight appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, remarked; “although my role at Goodwood is a labour of love, I am effectively there to police driving standards, so what better way to keep an eye on proceedings than from behind the dash of an ex-constabulary car?” Read the rest of this entry »

Daimler SP250 historic London police chase car up for auction

A chase car used by London’s Metropolitan Police to curb the enthusiasm of “road hogs and ton-up hooligans” nearly 50 years ago, will come under the hammer at an upcoming auction by Historics at Brooklands on Saturday October 22nd.

Just as the world began to breathe again after the resolution to the Cuban missile crisis, on 1st November 1962 Scotland Yard took delivery of a powerful law enforcement weapon of its own, in the shape of 670 ELL, a jet black, right-hand drive, 130mph soft-top Daimler SP250.

Mindful of the deterrent effect, the car was first demonstrated to the public on the streets of London before starting its patrol duties – hood down with fully uniformed officers on board.

Recognising that their normal patrol cars weren’t a match for 100mph speeders and getaway cars of the day, police drivers relished the performance of their new, foot-down acquisition.  The Daimler’s 2.5 litre V8 engine developed 140bhp, fed through an automatic gearbox, complete with a cable-operated device that enabled intermediate gears to be held longer whilst on the chase. Read the rest of this entry »

Winston Churchill’s Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe going to auction

A car used by famous Briton — Sir Winston Churchill — is set for auction at at Brooklands in the UK when Historics Auctions hosts its third sale at its permanent home on Saturday, December 4th.

Featuring coachwork by the Carlton Carriage Co., the Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe was used by the British Prime Minister during 1944 and 1949 election campaigns and is expected to fetch offers in the region of £200,000 to £250,000.

Due to the second world war, only eight of the proposed 23 DB18 Drophead Coupes due for 1939 were ever built, with four completely destroyed during the Blitz, a fifth so badly damaged it was scrapped and the whereabouts of two unknown, Chassis 49531 remains the only discovered surviving 1939 model.

Rolling off the production line in the same year motor racing ceased at Brooklands, the DB18 was capable of a top speed of 76 mph and a 0 — 50 mph acceleration time of a none-too-shabby 17.9 seconds.

Although technically speaking the DB18 utilises manual transmission, the car actually makes use of a 4 speed Wilson Pre-selector gearbox in tandem with the Daimler Fluid Flywheel, which allows the driver to select the next available gear by hand before using the ‘change pedal’ to enact the shift.

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The airbag celebrates 30 years of service

It’s one anniversary you can probably afford to forget, but that doesn’t make it any less important – the airbag has turned 30. Daimler is officially celebrating the airbag’s 30th anniversary and wants to tell everyone about it.

Three decades ago, the very first production car with the life-saving safety tech rolled off the production line, this began an industry-wide push for ever safer vehicles. That first airbag-equipped car was an S-Class sedan, and Mercedes-Benz claims it put a grand total of 13 years of research and development into the project before it even hit the street.

Thirty years later the airbag has saved over 28,000 lives since the technology was first introduced — and that’s just in U.S.A. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a vehicle without at least some form of airbag, and Mercedes-Benz says that all of its products have featured a standard driver airbag since 1992. Blow up the balloons and pop the champagne.

‘Barn Find’ of classics to go under the hammer in U.K

A large collection of classic cars dating from the late-1940s to the 1980s will be offered for sale at British Car Auctions (BCA) in the U.K on  Monday, 3rd May. The collection has been in the hands of one owner for many years.

In storage since the early 1990s, many of the cars may require attention before returning to the road, with several being serious restoration projects.  But others require little more than a dust-off and a new MOT. Many are being sold without reserve, so British buyers have a great chance of picking up a real bargain on the day.

Blackbushe manager James Gibson commented “This is an exceptional and wide ranging collection of cars that spans from 1949 to 1987 in terms of manufacture, and includes some very rare models.

“There are several Daimlers on offer, including a 1949 DB 18 4-door saloon, 1954 Century Conquest Saloon, 1958 Majestic 4-door saloon, and several Century saloons that will interest post-War collectors.  The 1959 Daimler DK400 dates from the final year of production and is one of just 86 built in total that feature the standard Limousine body.

“There are also several interesting cars dating from the 1960s and 1970s including two Bentley TI saloons, one of which had a starring role in the seventies crime-busting series – The Sweeney.

“The 1969 Crayford Cortina Mk 2 1600 Convertible is a rare car, and a choice of mid-sixties Cortinas — including a 1966 Mk 1 two-door and 1967 Mk Estate – is sure to attract collectors and enthusiasts. The 1975 Morris Marina Pick-Up is a rarely seen model as relatively few were sold at the time.”

Gibson added “The sale also features a sprinkling of Americana, with a 1972 GM Oldsmobile Toronado 2-door, that was the original 1972 London Motorshow car, a pair of 1973 Thunderbird Convertibles, and a 1979 Lincoln Continental.  There is also a 1970 Chrysler Valiant Convertible, an Australian variant that is a very rare car on UK shores.”

The sale starts at 12 Noon on Monday, May 3rd. Catalogues are available online at www.british-car-auctions.co.uk.

Turners’ classic car tender ends tomorrow

Turners Tender Jaguar XK140 fq

The Wellington Commercial Branch of Turners Car Auctions has three special classics up for tender.

The tender closes tomorrow (29 January) at 4pm, leaving just enough time to get your hands on one of these stars of yesteryear.

For Jaguar enthusiasts there’s a 1956 XK140 in creme with a green leather interior. It has a 3.5 litre engine and only 32,000 miles on the clock.

There’s also a 1965 Daimler 2.5 litre V8 sedan which has covered only 33,644 miles.

Finally, a 1973 Rolls-Royce Rigid Silver Shadow finished in Red with creme interior. It has a 6.8 litre engine mated to an automatic transmission and has completed 85,208 miles.

To find out more about these vehicles for tender, click here to visit the Turners Auctions website.

1963 Daimler V8-250

The car, complete with an incredibly compact 2.5 litre V8 engine, was laid up completely untouched – for 25 long years (yes – an entire quarter century) in the one place, at the back of a darkened basement in Timaru – from 1982 to 2007.

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A 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe crosses the block before a Ford Crestline Skyliner receives the Meguiars treatment.

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