Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1963
  • Chassis number 
    101553
  • Engine number 
    97382
  • Lot number 
    40
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Multiple concours-winning
1963 Daimler SP250 Roadster
Registration no. 4068 WK
Chassis no. 101553
Engine no. 97382

Left-hand drive chassis number '101553' was a special order through Clark & Simpson of Sloane Square, London and was registered as '4068 WK' in January 1963 by the factory on behalf of its first owner, Mrs Anne de Nie. The car spent its first 2½ years in Roehampton, West London before being taken to the owner's house on the Algarve. After 26 years in Portugal it was purchased by the immediately preceding owner, Mr Claude Kearley, and brought back to the UK.

'4068 WK' is the best known SP250 in the world with 96 concours wins over the years. It has been featured in numerous classic car magazines and is included in Quentin Willson's 'Ultimate Classic Car Book'. Its most notable accolades include 'Best SP250' in the Daimler & Lanchester Owners' Club (numerous wins); Masterclass winner in the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club (numerous occasions); 'Best in Show', Alexandra Palace Classic Car Show; 'Best Sports Car', Bromley Pageant; Autoglym/Popular Classics Magazine National Winner; Masterclass winner and 'Best in Show', Brighton & Hove Motor Club (several occasions); Autoglym 'Best in Show', Folkestone national event; plus numerous other 'Best in Show' awards: Knebworth, Shuttleworth, Blenheim Palace, Penshurst Place, Colchester, Luton Hoo and Braemar House.

'4068 WK' has covered only 73,115 kilometres (approximately 45,400 miles) from new and was restored in 1992. The car retains its original registration and original Dunlop wire wheels, while the colour combination of silver paintwork, St James' Red leather trim and grey hood, tonneau cover and hood bag is exactly as it was when the car left the factory. Other noteworthy features include an unleaded fuel conversion; electronic ignition; stainless steel exhaust; and an electric cooling fan with its own control switch. Since the car's purchase at by the current vendor at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in June 2014 (Lot 327) the electrics/ignition have been refurbished and a high-torque starter motor fitted, the work being carried out by Wren Classics. The refurbished original starter comes with the car.

Offered with current road fund licence and V5 registration document, the car also comes with a complete set of original handbooks, an old-style buff logbook, the original warranty card and a complete Daimler tool roll.