Production years: 1962 - 1969

In 1960 Jaguar acquired Daimler and with a need to increase sales to return that company to profit, a new model was devised based around the Jaguar Mark 2 body shell and trim. Called the Daimler 2.5 litre V8 saloon, the main difference was the fitting of Daimler’s own 2.5 litre V8 engine, mated initially only to an automatic transmission. With subtle trim changes including the use of fluted Daimler grille and boot nacelle plus badging, the car revitalised Daimler sales.

Model Summary

Model Type:

Compact Jaguar Saloons

Production Dates:

1962 - 1969

Engine Range:

2.5 Litre Saloon

0 - 60 mph:

13.5 seconds

Top Speed:

110 mph

Daimler V8 21/2 litre & V8 250 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

  2.5 Litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 2548
Bore and Stroke (mm) 76.2 x 69.85
Compression Ratio 8.2:1
BHP 140
@ RPM 5800
Torque (lb ft) 155
@ RPM 3600
Fuelling 2x SU carbs

Engine Performance

  2.5 Litre Saloon
Top Speed 110 mph
0 - 60 mph 13.5 seconds
Fuel Consumption 17 mpg

Model Specifications

  2.5 Litre Saloon
Transmission 4-speed (3 synchro) Later all synchro BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in) 15, steel, wire optional
Suspension (Front) Ind semi-trailing wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, Panhard rod, leaf springs
Brakes 4-wheel disc

Model Dimensions

  2.5 Litre Saloon
Length (in) 180.75
Width (in) 66.75
Height (in) 57.75
Wheelbase (in) 107.375
Front Track (in) 55
Rear Track (in) 53.375
Weight (Cwt) 29

Optional Extras

  • Choice of five radio installation with or without rear parcel shelf-mounted speaker
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Witter tow bar
  • Locking petrol filler cap
  • Front seat belts
  • Choice of radial, town and country, or whitewall tyres
  • All synchromesh manual gearbox for later cars
  • Overdrive (for non-overdrive-equipped manual transmission cars)
  • Wire wheels with conversion kit for hubs, etc
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Sundym tinted windscreen and side windows
  • Wing mirrors
  • Childproof locks to rear doors
  • Integrated ignition.starter switch to steering column
  • Reclining front seats
  • Power-assisted steering

Chassis Numbers

Model Driver Side Chassis No. Commenced Number made
Daimler 2 1/2 Litre RHD 1A1001 3376
Daimler 2 1/2 Litre LHD 1A20001 621
Daimler V8 250 RHD 1K1001 4779
Daimler V8 250 LHD 1K0001 104
Daimler 2 5 Litre V8 Saloon
Daimler V8 250 Saloon

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