Daim­ler V8

It’s well priced and shows all the signs of be­ing sorted me­chan­i­cally, but this Daim­ler’s in­te­rior de­serves some love

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Sam Mace

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.

Bodywork Check

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.

Our Ver­dict

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.

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