1960 Daimler SP-250


1960 Daimler SP-250

1960 Daimler SP-250

The Daimler SP250 was the last car to be launched by Daimler before its parent company sold it to Jaguar Cars in 1960. The Daimler SP-250 was built from 1959 to 1964.

With a fibreglass body, the SP250 had a Hemi-head V8 engine (2.5-liters). 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.

The SP250 was launched as the Daimler Dart in April 1959 at the New York Motor Show, where it was unofficially voted as the ugliest car at the show. Chrysler, whose Dodge division owned the trademark for the “Dart” model name, ordered Daimler to change the name under threat of legal action, which is where the SP250 name came from.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
price $ $ 3,842
engine V8
valvetrain OHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2549 cc / 155.5 in³
bore 76.0 mm / 2.99 in
stroke 69.8 mm / 2.75 in
compression 8.2:1
power 104.4 kw / 140.0 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 54.92 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 136.59 bhp per tonne
torque 210.2 nm / 155.0 ft lbs @ 3600 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
curb weight 1025 kg / 2260 lbs
wheelbase 2337 mm / 92.0 in
front track 1270 mm / 50.0 in
rear track 1219 mm / 48.0 in
length 4089 mm / 161.0 in
width 1537 mm / 60.5 in
height 1278 mm / 50.3 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.94:1, 1.74:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1
final drive 3.58:1
top speed ~204.4 kph / 127.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~9.1 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~27.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~16.9 seconds