Daimler 250

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Daimler 2.5 V8 & V8-250
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ManufacturerDaimler Motor Company
Parent companyJaguar Cars
Production1962-1967 (2.5-V8)
1967–1969 (V8-250)
AssemblyCoventry, England
SuccessorDaimler Sovereign (XJ6 Series 1)
ClassCompact executive car
Body style(s)4-door saloon
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)Daimler 2.5 litre V8
Transmission(s)3-speed Borg Warner 35 automatic
4-speed manual (with optional overdrive) available from 1967
Wheelbase2720 mm (107.1 in)
Length4570 mm (179.9 in)
Width1670 mm (65.7 in)
Curb weight3020 pounds 1375 kg
RelatedJaguar Mark 2
Daimler Sovereign
DesignerEdward Turner (engine) William Lyons (body)

The 2.5-V8/V8-250 was the last Daimler car to feature a Daimler engine after the marque was acquired by Jaguar Cars in 1960. The engine is the hemispherical head V8 designed by Edward Turner and first used in the Daimler SP250 (Dart) sports car.

Daimler 2.5-V8

The Daimler 2.5-V8 (or 2½ litre V8) was a four-door saloon produced in Coventry, England by Daimler. Launched late in 1962, it was essentially a rebadged Jaguar Mark 2, but fitted with Daimler's 2.5 litre V8 engine; aside from the engine, fluted grille and rear number plate surround, badges, drive-train and some interior details (such as a split-bench front seat and a black enamel steering wheel) the Daimler 2.5-V8 was otherwise indistinguishable from the Jaguar Mark 2.

The 2.5-V8 was the first Jaguar designed car to have the Daimler badge.

Daimler V8-250

The Daimler V8-250 was a four-door saloon produced in Coventry, England by Daimler from August 1967-1969. It was an updated version of the 2.5-V8 Saloon, introduced in late 1962. The V8-250 differs from the earlier 2.5-V8 in relatively small details: having the 'narrow' bumpers (shared with the Jaguar 240/340), negative-earth electrical system, an alternator (instead of a dynamo) and twin air cleaners, one for each carburettor. Other new features included ventilated leather upholstery, reclining front seats and a heated rear window. Power Steering and Overdrive were optional extras; aside from the engine the Daimler V8-250 was otherwise indistinguishable from the Jaguar 240/340. The 250's place in the Jaguar range was always ill-defined. Whilst historically Daimler had been a more luxurious brand than Jaguar, the 250, though far better equipped than the base-model Jaguar 240, lacked some interior appointments found on the 340. The Daimler 250's engine, being a V8 (generally considered a highly prestigious feature), producing 142 bhp (106 kW). This was in between the outputs of the 2.4- and 3.4-litre six-cylinders. This produced a car with a highly prestigious badge sitting in the middle of its parent-company's range.

In 1968 most of the Jaguar range was replaced by the new XJ6 and the following year saw the launch of the Daimler Sovereign variant, which effectively replaced both the V8-250 and the 420-based Sovereign. Henceforth all new Daimlers would be re-badged Jaguars with no engineering links to the pre-1960 Daimlers.

Daimler V8 (North America)

Die-cast models

  • Dinky Toys modelled the Daimler 2½ litre V8 in the 1960s.
  • Vitesse model it in the 2000s.

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