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Chris Evans buys ex-Met Police Daimler SP250 Dart

Published 01 September 2014

He’s perhaps best known for his love of Ferraris, but this weekend Radio 2 broadcaster Chris Evans bought himself something a little different – a 1964 Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’.

It wasn’t just any SP250, though. This fully restored example was one of the last 26 ‘Darts’ used by the Metropolitan Police… not a bad first owner to have on the old buff logbook.

Coming with two folders full of history, ALM 742B cost Evans a cool £50,400 when the hammer went down at Historics’ August 30 sale at Brooklands. Despite it being at the top end of its £50k estimate, Evans is chuffed with his purchase and reckons it's the best car he's bought in ages.

He told us, ‘I’m completely taken with the SP250 ‘Dart’ police car. So lovingly cared for by the previous owner who enthusiastically prepared a stunning history record of the vehicle.

‘It has working (secret!), blues and twos, period police radio, and the remote bumper bell. An actual ringing police bell.

‘The kids love it, the big kids love it even more. A design classic and surely the coolest road traffic car HM police force has ever employed.’

Evans famously made the headlines after he paid £12m for a Ferrari 250 GTO in May 2010 and £5.5m a California Spider SWB in 2008.

Historics next sale will be at Brooklands on Saturday, 29 November. You can follow Chris Evans' Twitter feed by clicking here.

Chris Evans Daimler SP250 Dart Police Car Interior

Chris Evans Daimler SP250 Dart Police Car Rear

Comments

Richard    on 5 September 2014

Drove this car for many trouble free miles. Mainly used to chase cafe racers. Great car to drive.wheels were pressed steel not wire. Hub caps used to fly off so were removed. Happy days !,,

Chris Arscott    on 28 February 2017

A friend of mine was caught speeding on the A1 by PC James Bond.
a few weeks before, Sean Connery had been caught by the same PC.
The local newspaper headline read " James Bond caught by James Bond".
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Chris Arscott    on 28 February 2017

A friend of mine was caught speeding on the A1 by PC James Bond.
a few weeks before, Sean Connery had been caught by the same PC.
The local newspaper headline read " James Bond caught by James Bond".
.

Martyn J. Wheeldon    on 24 October 2017

Strangely, ALM-721-B was displayed at the Kings Lynn Classic Car Show, 11.09.16

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