Daimler SP 250 Dart


An eccentric hybrid, the SP250 was the car that sunk Daimler. By the late Fifties, the traditionalist Coventry-based company was in dire financial straits. Hoping to woo the car-crazy Americans, Daimler launched the Dart, with its odd pastiche of British and American styling themes, at the 1959 New York Show. Daimler had been making buses out of fiberglass, and the Dart emerged with a quirky, rust-free glass-reinforced-plastic body.

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