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n an ef­fort to rein­vig­o­rate the Daim­ler mar­que af­ter Jaguar ac­quired the com­pany in the early ’60s, it slot­ted Daim­ler’s 2.5-litre V8 into its own Mk2 body and in­tro­duced a new model in 1962.

The light al­loy 2.5-litre V8 en­gine in­her­ited from the sportier two-seater Daim­ler SP250, and de­signed by Ed­ward Turner, per­fectly com­ple­mented the car’s hand­some and cur­va­ceous body.

What prompted the cur­rent owner to add this model of Daim­ler to his re­search list was sim­ply that he loved the shape and the amaz­ing sound of its V8 en­gine. As luck would have it, he stum­bled across this ex­am­ple.

A com­plete re­build com­menced with the re­moval of the mo­tor; the whole in­te­rior, in­clud­ing side pan­els, seats, and hood lin­ing; and the beau­ti­ful wal­nut dash — all items be­ing sent off to be re­paired, pol­ished, or groomed.

The Daim­ler’s un­der­car­riage was en­tirely re­fur­bished, while the car’s ex­te­rior was com­pletely stripped back to bare metal be­fore the stun­ning Verde Mirto Metal­lic Green paint was ap­plied.

Once done, the fully re­built 2.5-litre V8 en­gine and run­ning gear were re­in­stalled, and the re­main­der of the restora­tion was fin­ished.

Some seven years later, the Daim­ler was sold on, and, again — years later, in 2011 — it was the cur­rent owner’s turn to lav­ish more care and at­ten­tion on the Daim­ler.

He started by re­plac­ing the tyres with 205/70 R15 Cooper white­walls be­fore com­pletely groom­ing the en­tire un­der­car­riage and re­plac­ing the ex­haust sys­tem and tailpipes. He re­placed the front seats and spent many hours fet­tling the en­gine to the point that the Turner V8 now purrs and sounds ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. He has also re­moved the lights, bumper, and bon­net chrome trim and re­painted the com­plete front- and un­der-the-door sills of the car to make it per­fect.

So, this Daim­ler con­tin­ues the jour­ney it first set out on 48 years ago — still ca­pa­ble of bring­ing a smile to on­look­ers and other road users, as well as pro­vid­ing its oc­cu­pants with an ex­treme amount of plea­sure.

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