The Daimler Dart
was a sports car
built by British manufacturer Daimler
It was launched at the 1959 New York Motor Show, and its greatest success was in the North American
market. It had a fibreglass body, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, and a 2.5-litre Hemi-head V8 engine
designed by Edward Turner
. 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.
Daimler were soon forced to drop the Dart name when threatened with legal action by Chrysler
division, and the car was then renamed the Daimler SP250
. UltimateCarPage SP250 Dart
(Retrieved 29 November 2006)
The original A-spec
version could do , but the chassis, a “14-gauge ladder frame with cruciform bracing” based on the Triumph TR3
, flexed so much that doors came open, marring its reputation. Is-it-a-lemon Daimler SP250
(Retrieved 29 November 2006) Bumpers were originally an optional extra.
in 1960, and were immediately concerned about the chassis flex. They brought out the B-spec version
with extra outriggers on the chassis and a strengthening hoop between the A posts. There were also other detail improvements, including an adjustable steering column.
The C-spec version
, introduced in 1963, had some additional... Read More