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Daimler SP250 and V-8 250: books - history and technology

A book on Daimler SP250 or V-8 250? Here are illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Daimler passenger cars.

Docker's Daimlers - Daimler and Lanchester Cars 1945 to 1960

Although Daimler is one of the most famous names in motoring, very few books have covered the models produced between the end of the Second World War and the takeover by Jaguar in 1960.
This book sets the record straight with its comprehensive coverage of the various Daimler and Lanchester models and ranges that were produced during this period.

Drawing on his expertise as a Daimler collector and as Editor of the Daimler Enthusiasts' Club newsletter, Richard Townsend describes in detail the various high specification Daimler models from the DB18/Consort range, through the 36 HP (Straight Eight) range and the 4.5 Litre range to the Hooper Empress series.

He also describes the Lanchester models, which included the LD10 and the Sprite. He sets the cars against the social background of the 1950s and the leading personalities in the Daimler firm, notably Sir Bernard and Lady Docker, to provide a full picture of the cars and their milieu.
Including buying and running advice for those who want to own or already own a Daimler or Lanchester, this book is a fitting tribute to the cars that were often the preferred choice of royalty.

Author:Richard Townsend
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.2 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2017)
Book: Docker's Daimlers - Daimler and Lanchester Cars 1945 to 1960

Docker's Daimlers - Daimler and Lanchester Cars 1945 to 1960

Language: English

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British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

In 1968, British Leyland brought together most of Britain's motor manufacturers, with the intention of creating a robust unified group that could equal the strength of the big European conglomerates. But this was not to be.

There have been many books about the politics and the business activities of British Leyland, but "British Leyland - The Cars, 1968 - 1986" looks deliberately at the cars that came from the company, both the models it inherited and it created.

The eighteen years of the corporation's existence saw a confusing multitude of different car types, but this book resolves these confusions, clarifying who built what, and when.
The book takes 1986 as its cut-off point because this was the year that the old British Leyland ceased to exist and what was left of the car and light commercial business was renamed the Rover Group.

Pages of the book British Leyland: The Cars, 1968-1986 (1)

Author:James Taylor
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:63 b&w and 173 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2018)
Book: British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

Language: English

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Daimler Dart SP250 & V-8 250 Saloon - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Daimler Dart SP250 and V-8 250 Saloon models from the 1950s and 60s. Both cars were equipped with the V8 engine designed by Edward Turner, originally an engine designer at the Triumph motorcycle factory.

  • The articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:200 pages, 28 x 21 x 1.4 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:400 b&w photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2011)
Book: Daimler Dart SP250 & V-8 250 Saloon - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

Daimler Dart SP250 & V-8 250 Saloon

Language: English

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Factory-Original Jaguar Mk I & Mk II - Originaly guide including 240, 340, S-Type, 420, Daimler V8 and Sovereign

Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons had a terrific hit on his hands when he launched the 'compact' 2.4 Litre sports saloon in 1956. Motorists loved it, and those wanting more thrills were soon offered the 'hot' 120mph 3.4 Litre a year later.
Both were replaced in 1960 by the Mark II models, which added a 3.8 Litre, and from there the range was developed and expanded with the long-booted S-Type of 1964, the 4.2 Litre 420 of 1967, and the final 240/340 models of 1968. Alongside there were the Daimler V8 and Sovereign models.

The success of this family of cars can be attributed to Lyons's faultless instinct for what buyers wanted and his unerring eye when it came to styling his cars. And of course there was the fabulous six-cylinder XK engine which powered all Jaguars from 1948 through to 1985, with the equally inspired V8 in the Daimler.

Pages of the book Factory-Original Jaguar Mk I & Mk II (1)

All these cars have enjoyed an exalted classic status for years, and the matter of originality has become more and more important to owners and prospective owners today.
Here Nigel Thorley, the unrivaled expert on the cars who has been writing about them for more than 30 years, provides all the information that can be expected from books in the acclaimed Factory-Original series.
Model by model, with hundreds of specially commissioned colour photographs of outstanding examples of the cars, he gives all the details of correct original factory specifications and equipment in all departments, right down to the tool kit.

Pages of the book Factory-Original Jaguar Mk I & Mk II (2)

Author:Nigel Thorley
Specs:160 pages, 26.5 x 26 x 2 cm / 10.4 x 10.25 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2016)
Series:Factory-Original
Book: Factory-Original Jaguar Mk I & Mk II - Originaly guide including 240, 340, S-Type, 420, Daimler V8 and Sovereign

Factory-Original Jaguar Mk I & Mk II - Originaly guide including 240, 340, S-Type, 420, Daimler V8 and Sovereign

Language: English

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Jaguar Mark 1 & 2 - All models including Daimler 2.5-litre V8 (1955-1969) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

For anyone with an interest in, or who is thinking of buying, one of the classic Jaguar compact saloons from the 1950s and 1960s, this Essential Buyer's Guide is a vital requirement. All the models are covered, from the early 2.4- and 3.4-litre saloons from the late 1950s, through to the very last 240 models, and, just as importantly, the Daimler derivatives with V8 engines.

The models are looked at in detail, and analysed for their strengths and weaknesses, to provide the best possible advice on what to look for and how to buy the best you can afford. A handy pocket-sized guide that will always be at your side for constant reference.

Author:Nigel Thorley
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:86 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2019)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
Book: Jaguar Mark 1 & 2 - All models including Daimler 2.5-litre V8 (1955-1969) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Jaguar Mark 1 & 2 - All models including Daimler 2.5-litre V8 (1955-1969)

Language: English

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Jaguar Mark 1 & 2: Alle Modelle (1955-1969) inklusive Daimler 2.5 Litre V8 - Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf

Der von Jaguar-Gründer William Lyons entworfene und 1955 präsentierte Mark 1 leitete eine neue Ära in der Firmengeschichte ein: Die erste kleine Jaguar-Limousine erwies sich nicht nur als Verkaufserfolg, Siege im Motorsport unterstrichen den sportlichen Charakter und erschlossen neue Käuferkreise.
Mit dem Nachfolger Mark 2, der ab 1959 in den Verkaufsräumen der Händler stand, bewies Jaguar ebenfalls ein glückliches Händchen, denn für den technisch und optisch überarbeiteten Familiensportwagen gab es zeitweise lange Wartelisten.
Dank der sehr guten Ersatzteilsituation und der überschaubaren Technik sind Vertreter dieser Jaguar-Baureihen heutzutage beliebte Einsteigermodelle ins Oldtimer-Hobby.

Jaguar-Experte Nigel Thorley hat für den vorliegenden Ratgeber die wichtigsten und hilfreichsten Insiderinformationen für alle Mark 1 & 2 sowie den Daimler 2.5 Litre V8 der Baujahre 1955 bis 1969 zusammengestellt.
Wie gewohnt präsentiert sich dieser Band als kompakter Ratgeber und unverzichtbares Hilfsmittel bei der Beurteilung des Zustandes eines zum Verkauf stehenden Mark-1- oder Mark-2-Exemplars. Hier findet jeder Interessent wichtige Tipps, worauf er beim Kauf achten muss, um nicht später eine böse überraschung zu erleben. Außerdem ergänzt ein ausführlicher Teil mit wichtigen Adressen und Ansprechpartnern diesen wertvollen Begleiter.

Author:Nigel Thorley
Specs:64 pages, 21 x 15 cm / 8.25 x 5.9 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:Heel-Verlag GmbH (D, 2016)
Series:Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf
Book: Jaguar Mark 1 & 2: Alle Modelle (1955-1969) inklusive Daimler 2.5 Litre V8 - Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf

Jaguar Mark 1 & 2: Alle Modelle (1955-1969) inklusive Daimler 2.5 Litre V8

Language: German

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