Lot 185 - 1956 Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||14,800 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,360|
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. It was meant to be an affordable Daimler, priced at £1066 with pace and 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 Daimler Conquest Century, released in 1954, was the best seller of the range with 4,818 produced and boasted 100hp and, presumably downhill, 100mph; hence the name. However, the roadster was dropped from production in 1955 as the dropheads had outsold them by over three to one. At the 1955 Motor Show a new drophead four-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.
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. When purchased in 2013, half restored, from the previous owner's estate, the then owner started to finish the restoration and found that it had not been carried out to his liking so he meticulously went about fully rebuilding what was necessary. Finished in maroon and cream with matching interior, it is supplied with a V5C registration document and photographs of the car when it was discovered and during the rebuild. This is an opportunity to purchase a rare Daimler with only 46 believed to still exist, the last model directly influenced by Lady Docker, and in fantastic condition.
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