Daimler Dart SP250
Old English white with dark blue leather.
Registered ANO 19A
83,066 recorded miles.
Just 3 owners from new.
The 1st 2 owners, father and son, first owner from Cheltenham 12 years, the son then took ownership in 1974. He kept the car for some 30 years, using it occasionally, as lived in Paris at the time.
There are many handwritten notes in the history file, also within the notes it is indicated that the car was subject to a full body off restoration in 1991, and then unused for around 10 years.
The previous 3rd owner purchased the car in March 2005. He also kept a handwritten simple mileage log during his ownership which shows 73,980 in March 2004 rising to 82,969 in August 2020.
Overall, the car still presents very well, sat on deep dish TR6 wheels giving a more purposeful stance and a slightly wider track for better handling. The old English white body and paint still look good, although there a few light marks and minor bubbles here and there, but purely cosmetic.
The black vinyl hood is still in good condition with clear rear windows, there is also a fully royal blue mohair tonneau cover which fits well. The blue leather interior is still good with light patina. Excellent blue carpets, occasional rear seat. The dash is wood veneer.
The engine and gearbox and dashboard all function correctly, with no issues. Temperature and oil pressure read fine. It sounds beautiful and delivers an earthy period drive.
In addition to the detail regarding ownership history, the file also includes the blue V5C, photos of the car following time in storage when our man took ownership with the interior looking rather cobweb bound! There are 14 old MOTs the last expiring in April 2019 with just one advisory for an oil leak, issued at 82,515 miles, Daimler marque history and two files of invoices with recent spend including £64 in September 2020 on new clutch master and slave cylinders, a full service with new coil and rotor plus underside waxoyl in April 2017 costing £341 by a local garage in Malvern who look to have carried out pre-MOT checks, service and maintenance on the car for a good number of years.
Further, older bills on file indicate fitment of a new blue carpet set and other items in April 2005 costing £410, new Mohair tonneau cover costing £265.09 in May 2008, new windscreen in June 2008, with a £1,730 spend at Marcus Barclay Independent Jag specialist of Bucks in April 2005 on repairs to the chassis, repair to fuel tank, overhauled brake servo, fitment of a battery cut-off switch, replacement choke cable, new hard top seals, new seat belts and a 2nd hand fuel gauge at 73,974 miles.
A smart and usable Dart in good order with an interesting history and what looks to be a genuine 83,046 miles with that punchy 250 V8 under the lightweight fibreglass body. What's not to like?
Priced competitively making allowance for a few minor cosmetics.