21 May 2017

More than an old car #3: Daimler V8

This neglected English lord here is a 1965 Daimler 2.5 V8, surprisingly with normal plates. Daimler was an independent car maufacturer in the UK before it was sold to Jaguar in 1960. Yet the Daimler line continued until 2007 when Ford bought Jaguar in 1989.

The 2.5 V8 refers to the engine type, ie a 2548 cc 8-cylinder engine. At one glance, the 2.5 V8 was somewhat long at 4.57 m. Despite weighing in at 1375 kg, it was capable of hitting a top speed of 180 km/h and an acceleration of 13.6 seconds. The overall shape gives it a very stately feel, like a vehicle reserved for the top people of the country.

This is also something you don't get to see everyday--only 2/3 exist here. The dust on the car indicates that it has not been touched for quite some time. Yet, the state of neglect gives it a sense of wounded dignity-a distinguished guest should not be subjected to this treatment. It would be great to see it roaming the roads again as a relic of a bygone era.

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