1966 Daimler 2.5 V8


  • Restored and resprayed in 2020 
  • Appealing Old English White over burgundy leather 
  • Very usable automatic Daimler V8 
  • Gearbox replaced in November 2023 

The Appeal

Buying the historic Daimler business was all about creating extra production capacity for Jaguar. But it came with a bonus: the brilliant Turner-engineered 2.5litre V8 engine. 
Jaguar wasted no time dropping it into the Mk2 body to create the upmarket 2.5 V8. Despite its many charms, just 18,000 V8s were built over seven years. Today these cars are emerging from the shadow of the Mk2. With their automatic gearboxes and smooth engines they make very comfortable and relaxing classic touring cars. 
This lovely Old English White 1966 2.5 V8 would do that perfectly. It has been very sparingly used since a restoration in 2020 and comes to market in good order. The gearbox was replaced in November 2023, just a few miles ago. There is scope to fettle the burgundy interior lightly, but it is very presentable. 
Usable and stylish, this is a chance to discover these increasingly popular Mk2 variants. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 2nd March 1966 
  • Chassis records confirm the car is an original early 1966 Borg Warner gearbox car
  • Previously painted bronze which was resprayed white in October 2020 
  • Eight registered keepers
  • Vendor acquired the car in October 2023 but is now selling due to poor health 
  • Gearbox replaced in November 2023 
  • Last MOT expired 22nd May 2023 with 80,395 miles showing on test 
  • Minor advisories on last MOT test but none were structural 
  • Car has covered less than 200 miles since last MOT test 
  • MOT records show very sparing use since since 2007 
  • Restored in 2020 with MOT records indicating car has only covered a few hundred miles since 
  • Current mileage is 80,568

The Conditon 

  • Resprayed in 2020 in Old English White which continues to present well 
  • Small localised area of deterioration in paint to offside front wing
  • Bodywork presents well with good panel fit and arches and sills in good order
  • No structural advisories on latest MOT 
  • Chromework is complete and presents well 
  • Boot floor finished in white indicating extensive respray and in solid condition 
  • Steel factory wheels also finished in OEW with matching spare wheel 
  • Burgundy leather interior in fair and presentable condition with some patina 
  • Front seats retrimmed to factory specification and fitted with Britax seat belts
  • Rear seats said to be original and showing some wear and small patch repair 
  • Burgundy carpets in similarly lightly patinated but presentable condition 
  • Walnut veneer trim looks smart but with local areas of deterioration visible in photographs 
  • Modern Clarion stereo fitted
  • Headlight mesh guards supplied with car
  • Hand controls currently fitted but will be removed prior to sale 

The Mechanics

  • 2,548cc ‘Turner’ V8 developing around 140bhp 
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Recently replaced 3spd automatic gearbox 
  • Vendor says the car runs and drives very well 


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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1966
  • Make Daimler
  • Model 250 V8
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 80,568 Miles
  • Engine size 2548
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Accrington
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • pa•••• £9,000 02/05/24
  • 24•••• £8,700 02/05/24
  • pa•••• £8,500 02/05/24
  • to•••• £8,200 02/05/24
  • pa•••• £8,000 02/05/24
  • to•••• £7,700 02/05/24
  • pa•••• £7,500 02/05/24
  • to•••• £7,250 02/05/24
  • al•••• £7,000 02/05/24
  • to•••• £6,250 01/05/24
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