WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE DAIMLER SP250 OWNERS’ CLUB

The club operates on a subscription free basis and relies on the help and generosity of SP250 owners around the world.

The site is for all owners whether current, past or future, together with enthusiasts of the marque. The forum is a global platform allowing SP250 owners and fans to connect.

The purpose of the club is twofold:

1. To promote the SP250 by supplying information, mainly on the website, but also organising a presence where possible at various classic car shows around the world. There are several other SP250 clubs and groups around the world with whom we work.

2. Research, helping to provide a documented record of as many surviving SP250s as possible. We are in a position to help owners with informal queries on their cars, and sometimes the car’s history.

WE NOW HAVE THE FULL OR PARTIAL HISTORY OF 1709 CARS OF THE TOTAL OF 2656 BUILT.

We can increase this number with your help.

It is important to note that we are in association with the Daimler & Lanchester Owners’ Club (DLOC). At last count, it is estimated that approximately 350 DLOC members are SP250 owners and we have 700+ SP250 owners registered in pasSPort. We therefore urge SP250 owners to join the DLOC. For details click on the links page.

 

GOOD THINGS HAPPEN EVEN IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES

My father in the Dart in the 1960’s

Thank you so much for getting back to me and making the connection with Andrew. I’ve been hearing about 632 RPB since I was born, the amazing Dart, gone for over half a century, assumed scrapped. My aunt recently shared some pictures of the dart, which provided me with the registration plate, I couldn’t believe when we checked the MOT records it was still on the road. So I’ve been trawling internet pictures for a couple of years hoping to get lucky with the reg, when it occurred to me that an owners club might be a better option for tracking her down.

My father, Michael Holdsworth acquired the car in around 1966, shortly before taking a job as a draughtsman at ‘Thomas Smiths and Sons’ of Coleshill, Warwickshire. Purchased from a chap who’d loaned it to a famous Birmingham City footballer (though the name is forgotten) it was missing a front bumper, and had just 250 miles on the rebuilt engine. Mike would have only been 20, and this was the perfect posing machine. Spending most of his spare time with his TA friends, tinkering with cars and bikes, he would have been showing the Dart off at every opportunity, including when he met and began dating a young lady called Margaret, who would be my mother. I know they enjoyed a few road trips, and we’ve all seen the cine footage of the car being driven on salty Brean Sands (you wouldn’t want to do that now).

Digitised Cine film of the Dart. This is my father aged 20 and my mother aged just 18. At one point my mum is driving. 1968-69

632 RPB today

During his 3 years of ownership, I believe he broke the universal joint at the back of the gearbox, and being a keen amateur mechanic my dad was able to fix this using parts from a jaguar e-type, made by Hardy Spicer – whom my father later went on to work for. Later I believe he broke a tooth in the rear diff, which again he was able to fix himself. As you can imagine before the internet and owners clubs, maintaining the dart proved tricky. In 1969 the rear axle started to produce a clunking sound again, and in a panic and with a wedding looming, my father ‘swapped’ the car for a slightly more practical Wolsey Hornet, which was definitely not packing a V8! The knocking turned out to be a minor issue with the leaf springs, and the chap who now had it enjoyed it and swapped it for a Plymouth Barracuda! – which sounds like a more appropriate swap. And of course that’s the last we heard of the Dart. The only evidence being a few photographs to show the children and grandchildren in the years to follow. I would have been born a few years later, dad went on to have a career in engineering, working for companies such as JCB, and Rolls Royce Jet Engines, spending his free time parachuting out of perfectly good aircraft (401 jumps in total). Now he’s enjoying retirement and organising social and charity events with his district Rotary Club.

Thanks to Stewart at THE DAIMLER SP250 OWNERS’ CLUB, we have found out that 632 RPB is alive and cherished, which has been a cause of excitement during the lockdown. It’s been fantastic to see recent photographs and to hear from Andrew Cowell, the current owner. We can’t wait to take a road trip up to Cheshire the next time Andrew shows off his beautiful Dart at a local show, to see ‘The Dart’ that was present at the start of my parents history some 50 years ago.

Best Regards

Alex Holdsworth