Lot 265 - 1952 Daimler DB18 Barker Special
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,500|
The Daimler DB18 started out in 1939 as a six cylinder chassis on which Daimler, and various other British coach builders, offered a range of bodies including drophead coupés. The car used a 2,522cc in-line six cylinder engine fed by a single SU carburettor. Throughout its life, 70bhp was claimed; although later, a change in the gearing to coincide with the introduction of the Consort in 1950, marked an increase in maximum speed from 76mph to 82mph which, by the standards of the time, was brisker than it looked. The car was supplied with the Daimler Fluid Flywheel coupled to a four-speed Wilson pre-selector gearbox. The independent front suspension used coil springs while the back axle was suspended using a traditional semi-elliptical set-up.
This Barker-bodied Daimler DB18 was first registered on 26th March 1952 and was the subject of a restoration approximately 12 years ago, although the car has been used very little since. The two-tone paintwork with tan leather trim is in good order; clearly the restoration was carried out to a high standard and a number of invoices and photographic evidence of the comprehensive engine rebuild are available. Described by the vendor as "driving as she should" with a very sweet 2522cc engine and smooth gearbox, everything appears to be present and working; even the toolkit is complete. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate, this Daimler would grace any collection; DB18's are increasingly rare and this Barker bodied example in drophead coupé configuration looks to be a sound investment given the estimate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.