Classic Sports Cars; 1959 Daimler SP250 Dart Sports
The SP250 was originally known as the
Daimler Dart, however Daimler were soon forced to drop the Dart name
when threatened with legal action by Chryslerís Dodge division, and
the car was then renamed the Daimler SP250.
It was launched at the 1959 New York Motor Show, and its greatest success was in the North American market. It had a fibreglass body, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, and a 2.5-litre Hemi-head V8 engine designed by Edward Turner. The car was described as a 2+2, but the bench-like rear seat offered very limited leg room unless the front seats were pushed fully forward. Thirty black Daimler Darts with the Borg-Warner Model 8 3-speed automatic were used by the British Metropolitan Police.