In its last years as an independent car-maker, Daimler had very little success making sports cars, however it did make a very fine, small V8. Jaguar, its new owner, knew just what to do with it, especially as they were gearing Daimler out of the sports car market entirely and into more expensive executive sedans, aimed at older buyers. The 1962 Daimler 2.5-Litre V8 was a revelation, and sold and performed admirably. Priced above the Jaguar Mk II, it featured Daimler’s V8 and more extensive, luxurious interior trim, which appealed to its intended market perfectly.
As previously mentioned, this Daimler was fitted with a 2.5-liter V8, developed by Daimler for the SP250 Dart, and producing 140 horsepower. While not exactly a powerhouse, the Daimler could reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in 13 seconds. This was with the automatic transmission, which was the only option until 1967, when a five-speed manual was also offered, which significantly increased performance.
Discontinued in 1969, the 1962 Daimler 2.5-Litre V8 and its successors were the last Daimlers to have an authentic Daimler engine, which is certainly part of their charm. The car sold well and is now considered as a valued collectible.