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.