1962 Daimler SP250 “Police Spec” Convertible

Courtesy of Bonhams

This beautiful SP250 is one of 26 purchased by the Metropolitan Police, and details of its acquisition and service record are on file together with a charming photograph showing the Daimler on parade.

For 13 seasons, 670 ELL was used as a course car at the Goodwood Revival Meeting, being driven around the circuit before and after each race or ahead of the featured parades. Considered one of the best and most reliable of Goodwood’s “official” cars, the Daimler has also been featured in several magazines.

670 ELL was with its previous owner for 32 years, benefiting from an ongoing program of restoration, maintenance and improvement. The sizeable history file contains invoices from Daimler specialists for various works, including an engine rebuild and interior re-trim. Unlike many of its kind, this particular SP250 remains in remarkably original condition while benefiting from discreet improvements such as a brake servo and new lever-arm dampers.

The Daimler’s current owner — former racing driver Win Percy, three-time winner of the British Touring Car Championship — purchased the car at auction in October 2011. He describes its overall condition as very good; he advises us that the engine was totally rebuilt within the last 1,500 miles, and that he had rack-and-pinion steering installed to make the car less of an effort to control. 104052R is listed under Win’s name in the owners’ section of the Daimler SP250 Passport (2017).

Offered with MoT to August 2018 and a V5C document, this wonderful example of the now ultra-rare police-specification SP250 would surely be a welcome invitee at any future Goodwood meeting.

Paul Hardiman

Paul Hardiman - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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