It’s well priced and shows all the signs of being sorted mechanically, but this Daimler’s interior deserves some love
What’s it like TO Drive?
Despite this Daimler having sat unused for some time, it only took two attempts to fire up the 2.5-litre V8, which is a little noisy at first but soon settles down to a quiet idle. Slot the column-mounted gear selector into ‘Drive’ and the Daimler pulls away without any hesitation or worrying noises. The gearbox is obviously in good health and changes smoothly without any clonks or unwelcome jolting. This car is fitted with power steering which stays light and accurate at all times, but there is a small amount of play. It brakes sharply and rides well.
Cast your eyes over the Warwick Grey bodywork and you will find it presentable and attractive, but it’s by no means perfect. The front driver’s side wing has some small bulges that suggests filler may have been used at some stage. The passenger’s side rear door has some grot on the bottom left-hand corner; on closer inspection it’s not as bad as it looks, as the rust hasn’t penetrated all the way through. The rest of the car appears rust-free and both sills are in good order. The chrome trim is in fine condition apart from the rear numberplate plinth, which has split.
HOW’s The Interior?
The interior is where the most work is needed. The leather seats aren’t beyond saving, but are dry and have started to crack. The driver’s seat has suffered the most – the base is sagging and some of the dye has worn away. The wood veneer on the dashboard has lost its shine, as much of the lacquer has peeled away. The headlining’s a little grubby, but it looks original and doesn’t sag. The carpets are newly fitted and of a very high standard, and there’s no signs of moisture getting in. The vendor says if the car stays on the forecourt for much longer, they’ll tidy up the cabin – and up the asking price.
Under The Bonnet
The engine is immaculate and sits in clean, tidy surroundings. There’s no sign of leaks, and all of the Daimler’s fluids are clean and clear. Sometime during the late 1990s, the V8 was rebuilt, which is documented with many photos, and it’s fair to assume the car’s odometer has been switched in the past, so it’s tricky to vouch for the mileage. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem, because mechanically it’s in very good condition and feels like it has plenty more life in it.
Don’t let the minor bodywork niggles or the patinated interior put you off. This car drives excellently and is mechanically spot-on. We think it deserves to be improved upon.