Lot 272 - 1951 Daimler DB18

Lot 272 - 1951 Daimler DB18

Lot 272 - 1951 Daimler DB18

Lot Number 272
Chassis Number D53973
Engine Number 0220
Odometer reading 43,447 miles
Result Sold - £9,520
  • Rare example
  • UK registration underway

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 registered in 1951 and presents well in beige and cream coachwork with cream leather trim. 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. DB18’s are increasingly rare and this Barker bodied example in drophead coupé configuration looks to be a sound investment given the estimate. There is currently no V5C registration document for this car as the registration process is currently underway. Consigned by Dominic Lake.

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