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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New “Top Gear” Host Chris Evans Selling Gorgeous Daimler SP250 Roadster

BOLD RIDE

 
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Out with the old, in with the new. While Chris Evans gets ready for his new starring role on BBC’s Top Gear, he’s parting ways with a few toys in the process. One of the most beautiful—at least in this writer’s opinion—is the 1964 Daimler SP250 Police Spec Roadster. Just look at those curves.
 
If you’ve never heard of it, you’re forgiven. Daimler released the SP250 Roadster in 1959, and almost immediately, police forces across Europe placed orders due to its high horsepower (at the time) and top speed. It was the newest vehicle to catch unruly speeders.


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Under the hood was a blistering 140-horspower V8 produced by Edward Turner of Triumph Motorcycles. Top speed was 125 mph, and in keeping with the changing times, it was one of the first roadsters offered with an automatic transmission. But that didn’t make it any less amazing.
 
The sculpted fenders and angular bodywork made it one of the most unique vehicles on the road until production ended in 1964. Even more unique, the one in question still features a police radio and a fully original interior.


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The car was restored in 2005, and later purchased in 2014 by Chris Evans. Now, he’s sending it off along with the rest of his collection at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Auction on September 12th. Price? Expect to pay somewhere between $79,000 – $94,000 (£50,000 -£60,000).