Last weekend we went to an auction hosted by Anglia Car Auctions.
Our 2 special Daimlers were included in the lots for sale and both ended up selling and will now move on to a new owner.
The story behind these 2 classic vehicles is a very interesting one and we hope that the future is bright for both of them.
There were lots of exciting vehicles and vehicle-related items available to buy at the auction including a number plate displaying RAD 101 (Radio 1).
This number plate was initially going to be purchased by Chris Evans when he was working at the radio station. After the sale fell through, the celebrity DJ never became the owner of the plate. However, it was successfully sold last weekend for a little over £23,000.
On the 28th and 29th of January 2023, Anglia Car Auctions will be hosting an auction in King’s Lynn. It is at this auction that our pair of 1964 Daimler V8 250s will be up for sale.
With sequential number plates, these two cars were bought in two separate purchases by a married couple. It was completely accidental that they ended up owning both sister cars.
Both of our 1964 Daimler V8 250 will be available at the auction.
On the weekend of 28th and 29th January, Anglia Car Auctions will be hosting an auction in King’s Lynn and the Bridge Classic Cars team will be in attendance.
Our 2 very special Daimlers will be part of the auction and it will be great to see them both find new homes.
We have been to several Anglia Car Auctions before and they have always been very successful days out.
If you are interested in any of the cars being sold at the auction, viewing is offered on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The auction opens at 9:00 am each day – admission is free, but catalogues can be purchased for £5.
Most classic cars come with a unique history of memories and stories that date back decades and even multiple generations. A lot of the time though, these stories and these memories are very personal to the current and former owners of the vehicles.
However, from time to time, the story of certain classic cars extends beyond the owners and becomes a truly unique tale that can be understood and felt by many.
When married couple, Mr and Mrs Stannard from Lowestoft in Suffolk purchased a car together, they fell in love with their 1964 Daimler V8 250. After around a year of ownership, the couple decided that an additional car was needed so Mr Stannard set out to purchase another vehicle.
While he was on the look out for a new car, he found one that he really liked. It was another 1964 Daimler V8 250. After the sale was complete, he took the car home ready to meet its new garage-mate of the same age, make, and model.
It was only once he had driven the car home that Mrs Stannard noticed something extremely special about his purchase.
She saw that one Daimler V8 250 had the registration WVG 564 and, surprisingly, the other Daimler V8 250 had the registration WVG 565.
It’s not every day that you see two classic Daimlers side by side. It’s even more rare to see two classic Daimlers side by side that are the same age and the same model with sequential number plates. What’s even rarer still is to see two Daimlers like this that belong to a husband and wife.
An accidental purchase of the second vehicle certainly adds another level of intrigue to this unlikely story. When Mr Stannard set out to purchase the second vehicle, had no idea that the car he ended up buying had an almost identical registration to the one he and his wife already owned.
The couple would eventually park their two vehicles in the two separate garages. Despite being close by, the cars would be kept in their individual garages until the team here at Bridge Classic Cars unearthed them towards the end of 2022.
On a cold December morning, the team got on the road to meet the couple who had owned the cars for a large part of their lives.
It was obvious that these cars hadn’t been seen for a while as Mr Stannard bought a hammer with him just in case the garage door wouldn’t open with the key!
While the team were preparing the cars to be removed from their concrete shelters, the couple happily shared photographs and memories of times spent with the two vehicles. Young children were seen in some of the photos alongside one or both of the classic Daimlers. As it turned out, the young girl in one of the photos was the couple’s daughter who is now in her fifties and has been married for more than twenty years!
As the cars were being slowly and very carefully moved, one of the owners handed us a file full of even more history and details of their story so far.
Upon closer inspection, the name of one of the former owners stood out from the rest. Winston Churchill is listed as someone who has once owned one of these 1964 Daimler V8 250s. While it doesn’t appear to be THE Winston Churchill but, instead, a local Lowestoft resident with the same name, with the story that these two cars keep telling, perhaps it wouldn’t be too farfetched for this to be investigated even further.
The original service book and documentation were with the cars highlighting just how much this couple and their previous owners cared for them.
Several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team were involved in the successful removal and loading of the two Daimlers.
It took a lot of time, care, and skill to move the two cars without any significant issues. Each one was slowly and carefully removed from its garage and loaded into our trailer ready to be driven for around an hour back to our storage facility at former air base, Bentwaters.
Both of these 1964 Daimler V8 250s now sit in a much larger garage than they have been used to for the past decade or two. They are surrounded by a wide range of other classic vehicles in various states of restoration in our secure storage building known as, The Hangar.
There isn’t a set plan in place for the future of these two almost identical Daimlers. One thing we do know for certain though is that it seems right that they are kept together whatever the future may hold.
Both vehicles clearly need to undergo a full restoration. Extensive work is required on the interior and exterior, and it is clear that a lot of mechanical work will be a necessity too.
With no clear plan ahead of them, for now, our 1964 Daimler V8 250, registration WVG 564 and our 1964 Daimler V8 250, registration WVG 565 will stay safe and secure in The Hangar. With such an incredible story to already tell, there might still be a few more chapters left before the story completely comes to an end.
It’s not every day that we get to see two classic Daimlers. It’s even more rare to see two classic Daimlers that are the same model with sequential number plates. It’s even rarer still to see two Daimlers like this that belong to a husband and wife.
That’s exactly the story behind the two latest additions to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Our 2 1964 Daimler V8s have come from a married couple who bought them in two separate purchases but ended up with two almost identical cars.
With number plates reading WVG 564 and WVG 565, these 1964 Daimler V8s seemed destined to follow each other throughout life. When one was purchased by the couple, residing in Lowestoft, they fell in love with it and decided they wanted another.
When their second purchase was complete, they saw how similar the two cars were. It seems fitting that these two cars, so close in registration, ended up with a married couple for most of their lives.
After being put into a garage many years ago, both of the cars will need lots of attention before they resemble anything close to their former glory. However, the story behind them is an interesting one that you won’t hear too often.
The Daimler V8 250 is a luxury classic car very similar to a Jaguar MKII and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for these two cars that seem destined to be together.