Back in May 2019 the club received an email from Tony Wickes, the son of Jack Wickes, who alongside Edward Turner was the designer of the Daimler SP250. The email had a photograph attached showing a red SP250 and Tony Wickes stated the photograph was taken in Summer 1959. The photograph is reproduced here.
Tony told us that the car was a prototype which his father had been test driving and the location was the driveway of Jack Wickes’ house in Coventry.
Over the next few days Tony provided further information which confirmed that this was indeed a photograph of a prototype, chassis no. 100002, with registration number XHP 438.
Before publishing the photograph and information on the website, our archivist Laurence Jones was contacted, and he responded with a sharp intake of breath and the request to please not publish this information and photograph.
It transpired that coincidentally the actual car had just been traced to Canada and that Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust were in the process of negotiating to purchase it. Laurence was one of a few who were aware of the discovery, which was to stay under wraps until the car was unveiled to the press and public at the NEC Classic Motor Show 8-10 November 2019.
Since the car returned to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust at Gaydon, Tony Merrygold the Vehicle Collection Manager has been working hard with Laurence Jones to source original parts to tidy the car up and to reclaim the original registration number, XHP 438.
The Daimler SP250 Owners Club is proud to have been chosen to display XHP 438 on its stand at the NEC where this prototype attracted a lot of interest.
For further information on the cars history please follow the links below.
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.
This leads us on to:
pasSPort which is a directory we publish every year. The 2019 edition contains the details of 923 SP250 cars located in 24 countries and it is FREE to entrants. For more information click on the pasSPort page
WE NOW HAVE THE FULL OR PARTIAL HISTORY OF 1691 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.