Daim­ler days

New Zealand Classic Car - - Letters -

Read­ing the Au­gust edi­tion of New Zealand Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine, and the Club Cor­ner fea­ture re­gard­ing the Daim­ler and Lanch­ester Own­ers Club, I was re­minded of a time when it was ably run by Gor­don Som­merville, as­sisted by his wife — and this brought back pleas­ant mem­o­ries. Gor­don never watched the TV, and club mem­bers could call him up be­fore 9pm and dis­cuss their prob­lems on any day ex­cept for Christ­mas Day.

Then, read­ing about the restora­tion of the Daim­ler 2½-litre, in the same is­sue, brought back more mem­o­ries of the time when I owned the Jaguar equiv­a­lent of the Daim­ler — the Mk2. With that in mind, I’d like to make a few com­ments re­gard­ing that nearim­mac­u­late Daim­ler.

I don’t un­der­stand why the owner fit­ted over­size tyres to his car — the rec­om­mended size would be 185 by 15. Th­ese Daim­lers — and the Jaguar Mk2 — be­came much heav­ier to steer when own­ers re­placed the orig­i­nal cross-ply tyres with the

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