Jay Leno salvages a rare 1962 Daimler SP250

After sitting outside for more than 40 years, this 1962 Daimler SP250 was rust-free. It didn’t run, of course, but Jay didn’t mind: that just made the car a little bit cheaper.
Illustration by Raid71, Photograph by John Lamm
Date:27 March 2013 Tags:, ,

One great thing about being a car guy with a TV show and a Web site is that I hear from lots of people who want to sell me cars. Most are Ford Granadas – those really rare ones with the fake hub caps – but every now and then something interesting comes my way.

Take the 1962 Daimler SP250 I’m currently restoring. The original owner, a man named William Brzozowski, lived in Baltimore and never garaged the car. It sat outside in the snow and the rain for 40 years. Bob Brzozowski, William’s nephew, inherited the car when his uncle died. He wanted to restore it but didn’t have the room at his place in upstate New York – or the money. He contacted me, we talked a lot, and I offered a very fair price, considering that the car hadn’t run in 10 years and would need pretty much everything.

Buying a vehicle sight unseen is a cardinal sin for car enthusiasts, so you can consider me the president of the More Money Than Brains Car Club. But this SP250 intrigued me: it had wire wheels and a removable hardtop, both rare accessories.

Read more in PM’s Apr ’13 issue – on sale 25 March.

 

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