Lot 328 - 1956 Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||14,700 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,120|
The Conquest saloon was released to the public in 1953 as a replacement for the Daimler Consort, but was shorter and lighter, with better performance. The Daimler Conquest was meant to be an affordable Daimler, priced at £1066. It was a pedigree with pace, at a reasonable price and still had luxurious, well-appointed traditional wood-grain and leather interiors. Actual construction was by another BSA subsidiary, 'Carbodies'. The open two-seater Conquest Roadster first appeared at the Motor Show in 1953 with the tuned engine later known as the Century engine. The Roadster was not available to the public until 1954. The Daimler Conquest Century, released in 1954, was the best seller of the range with 4818 produced and boasted 100 horsepower and, presumably downhill, 100 miles per hour; hence the Century. However, the Roadster was dropped from production in 1955 as the dropheads had outsold them by over 3:1. At the 1955 Motor Show a new drophead 4-seater and a drophead coupé version of the two-seater Roadster were introduced. This Mk. II Conquest Roadster drophead coupé had a sideways-facing single rear seat, making the car a two or three seater and with wind-up side windows in place of the clip-on side-curtains of the continuing Mk. II open two-seater Conquest Roadster.
This 1956 Daimler Conquest Century DJ254 is one of the 54 Mk. II roadsters built with three seats and wind up windows and was purchased in the early 2000's as a restoration project but not started until 2005 when the car changed ownership. The vendor purchased the car last year, half restored, from the previous owner's estate. When he started to finish the restoration he found that it had not been carried out to his standard so he has redone what he felt was necessary. Finished in maroon and cream with matching interior, it is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2015 and photographs of the car when it was discovered. This is an opportunity to purchase a rare Daimler which was the last model directly influenced by Lady Docker.
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.