1966 Daimler 2.5 V8


  • Subject to an earlier restoration
  • Gearbox rebuilt in December 2023
  • Attractive colour combination of Old English White with a rich, red cabin
  • Front seats and door cards reupholstered to a high standard

The Appeal

In 1960, Jaguar purchased Daimler - mostly to get some more production lines under their belt. It was a very one-sided relationship, and with Daimler's Conquest leaving the market in 1957, what was left of the company desperately pushed Jaguar to do something - anything - to keep them relevant. 

Jaguar permitted the 2.5 V8, effectively a MK2 with a lighter, more compact Daimler V8 powerplant. Add a retrim and extra detailing and there sat the 2.5 V8 - which to all accounts was an improvement on the Jaguar MK2 and a highly desirable saloon. It was the first Daimler car to be based on a Jaguar platform, the first with a unit body, and the last to feature a Daimler engine.

This particular 1966 example is a particularly fine one, boasting a compelling colour scheme of Old English White with a red leather cabin. The car was restored and re-trimmed by a previous keeper - and while there's still a bit of work to be done, it's an eminently usable example of 60s-era V8-powered class and comfort. 

It's not often we come across these fine little cars, which really do represent the best of two of the UK's finest - legendary Jaguar styling, with Daimler engineering and trim. We've no doubt this lovely mid-century saloon will capture plenty of admiring glances.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1966
  • The DVLA records 8 previous keepers
  • MOT records prove the car has been very lightly used since 2007
  • Older restoration
  •  Bought by the current owner in May 2024
    • Previous owner bought it from Hill Farm Automotives in July 2023 for £15,000
  • Last service record on 27/04/2022
  • Last MOT carried out on 23/05/2022 at 80,395 miles
    • Passed with advisories on slight engine oil leak, wear to sub-frame pins, and slight play on steering box
  • Currently indicates 80,597 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • Supplied complete with:
    • V5c document
    • A collection of tax discs
    • Sales invoice from Hill Farm Automotives
    • A recent invoice for over £1,000
    • Service manual and spare part catalogue

The Condition

  • Old English White paintwork with a red leather interior
  • Bodywork generally good, showcasing Jaguar's legendary styling
  • Any wear is very much age commensurate:
    • Dent to the nearside front above the bumper
    • Smaller dents on doors and wings
    • Area of corrosion on offside front wing
    • Some blistering and bubbling here and there
  • Some patina to the chromework 
  • All badges and branding are present and correct
  • Light patina to the disc wheels
  • We note some corrosion to the underside
  • Front seats and door cards have been reupholstered to a high standard, and look excellent
  • Rear seat is original, with a patch and small slit to the leather
  • Handsome walnut veneers are all present and correct, with some light spots of wear
  • On the dashboard, this is largely on lower edge of glove box and around the radio
  • Some wear to the wooden window trims
  • Modern radio has been fitted although it wasn’t working on the day of the photoshoot
  • A vintage Motorola unit is provided upon sale

The Mechanics

  • 2.5L Daimler V8 powerplant
  • Automatic transmission with 3 gears
  • Engine bay in good, clean order
  • Gearbox rebuilt in December 2023
  • Car not fitted with power steering, which is the reason for sale
  • The MOT highlighted a minor oil leak from the engine bay
  • We've no reports of any significant mechanical issues and it ultimately looks to be a fine example
  • Only 200 miles covered in 3 years - with the present owner covering tiny mileage

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Auction Details
  • Year 1966
  • Make Daimler
  • Model 250 V8
  • Colour White
  • Mileage 80,567 Miles
  • Engine size 2500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Manningtree
  • County Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
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