1961 DAIMLER SP250 DART
The Metropolitan Police tested two Daimler Darts in 1961 as high- speed pursuit vehicles to combat the ''road-hogs'' and ''ton-up'' hooligans taking over London streets, or to ''encourage courtesy'' as the Met spokesperson put it at the time. They were the first sports car used by the Met and instantly successful. Apparently a further 14 were ordered that year and another 10 or so in 1964. Many of the early cars were consecutively numbered and 556CLU may be the best remembered as it was retained by the driving school at Hendon as a training vehicle so many officers learned high-speed driving techniques in this Dart. All of the cars were ordered with automatic Borg Warner ''DG'' gearboxes with speed hold function, now disconnected. 556CLU has recently undergone a substantial cosmetic refurbishment and comes with interesting paperwork including the original ''buff'' log book showing the Met Police as the first owner and a copy of Brian Long's authoritative book with reference to this car and a picture of it with various Met officials and Edward Turner, creator of the Daimler V8 engine. The car is described by the vendor as being ready to show and enjoy.
ESTIMATE: £28000 - £34000