1962 and The Old Bill ups the ante with a 130 mph crim-chaser

Posted: October 10, 2011 by The Car Spy in Auctions
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A chase car that London’s Metropolitan Police bought to curb the enthusiasm of ‘road hogs and ton-up hooligans’* nearly 50 years ago, will come under the hammer at the latest Surrey auction by Historics at Brooklands on Saturday October 22nd.

Just as the world began to breathe again after the resolution to the Cuban missile crisis, on 1st November 1962 Scotland Yard took delivery of a powerful law enforcement weapon of its own, in the shape of 670 ELL, a sleek, jet black, right-hand drive, 130mph soft-top Daimler SP250.

Mindful of the deterrent effect, the car was first demonstrated to the public on the streets of London before starting its patrol duties – hood down and fully uniformed officers ensuring fair play!

Recognising that their normal patrol cars weren’t a match for 100mph speeders and getaway cars of the day, police drivers relished the performance of their new, foot-down acquisition.  The Daimler’s 2.5 litre V8 engine developed 140bhp, fed through an automatic gearbox, complete with a cable-operated device that enabled intermediate gears to be held longer whilst on the chase.

So successful was the Daimler that a total of 26 SP250’s were bought by the Metropolitan Police to bolster their high-speed arsenal.

After being retired from the police force in 1967, 670 ELL was to adopt an equally illustrious, high-profile presence, as an official course car for 13 years at the world-famous Goodwood Revival classic motoring event, at the hands of the present owner, who has enjoyed the car for the past 32 years. 

During this time, it has benefitted from a continuous programme of restoration, maintenance and improvement.  In remarkably original and superb condition, with a sympathetic re-trim and excellent paintwork, the car is presented at Historics’ auction with a wealth of documentation.  

Much of the police equipment from its original law enforcement role also remains, including the magnificent chromed Winkworth police bell that warned of the car’s imminent arrival on the scene!

With its unique history, exemplary condition, and excellent provenance, Historics anticipates lively bidding at the very affordable estimated value of £30,000 – £35,000.

This 1962 Daimler SP250 is one of 100 fine classic motor cars that will be presented for sale at Historics’ latest auction on Saturday October 22nd, commencing with the automobilia sale at 11.30am.  Viewing on Friday October 21st is possible between 10.00am – 8.00pm. 

For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: auctions@historics.co.uk, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk.  Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the day of the auction.

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