Daimler 104 Sportsman

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Daimler 104 Sportsman

1959 - 1968
United Kingdom
Straight 6
3.5 ltr
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
104 mph
Number Built:
4 star
Daimler 104 Sportsman
This striking coupe built on the "104" chassis, so called because the prototype topped 104mph was made by Mulliners using a composite alloy/steel construction.

Technically known as the 4 light saloon it became universally known as the Sportsman Coupe. Performance easily exceeded the 104 mph due to lighter weight and superior aerodynamics.

Daimlers records, never complete at the best of times, show approximately 69 cars as having been built. The majority were fitted with the 3.5 liter straight 6 engine with tuned alloy head courtesy of Harry Weslake developing 137 bhp and nearly 200lb ft of torque.

This drove through a 4 speed Wilson pre-select gearbox. A special feature on most cars was the "Ladies model" dashboard with "juke box"styling with central polished alloy panel and special alloy switchgear.

Handling was first class ,and driveability good, due to the unique Daimler fluid flywheel and Wilson pre-select gearbox married to a high ratio back axle and large servo assisted brakes.

The build quality has ensured a high survival rate and these rare cars, and they are now highly sought after.

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