1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead CoupeSOLD

Drophead Coupe

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Registration No: SNW 193
Engine No: 46205
CC: 2522
Colour: Two Tone Met. Blue
Trim Colour: Grey
MOT: March 2012

Reference Number 119238

as of 3/18/2011

Car 1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe
VIN D59199 
Mileage 75,767 miles 
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Known History

Though Daimler's DB18 model was introduced in 1939, most examples were manufactured following the cessation of hostilities. Known as the 2½-litre or Consort, it was produced as a four-door Saloon and with a range of, mainly sporting, coachbuilt bodies. Particularly popular were the three-seater Drophead Coupes built by Barker & Co between 1948 and 1952, of which some 500 were constructed. Topping the Consort's sturdy steel ladder chassis was a hand-beaten aluminium body, paired with heavy gauge steel wings. Power came from an in-line OHV six-cylinder engine of 2522cc that, fed by a pair of SU carburettors, produced 85bhp at 4200 rpm. This was mated to a four-speed Wilson pre-selector gearbox. Front suspension was independent by coil springs and wishbones and the rear by semi-elliptic leaf units. Steering was by Marles worm and double roller and the braking was a hydro-mechanical system by Girling. The car's specification included such mechanical niceties as automatic chassis lubrication and integral jacking. The stately Daimler could reach 50mph in 16 seconds and some 80-85mph flat out.


The Barker-bodied Drophead Coupe on offer was manufactured in 1952 - the last year of production. Its stylish coachwork is finished in two-tone Metallic Blue and the interior trimmed in Grey leather. First registered in Leeds, it was apparently owned by Lady Grace Sellers before being acquired by the current keeper in 1998. In his hands, it has been subject to considerable restoration, including the replacement of the hood and leather interior. The gearbox and other mechanical components were evidently overhauled in 2007 at a cost of £3,600, since when the Daimler has reputedly seen little use. The vendor now regards the bodywork, paintwork, engine, transmission and interior as "very good" and this pretty-looking Drophead is taxed until the end of February 2012 and MOT'd into the following month.


PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle was driven as far as Leek on route to the auction. It then began to overheat and is believed but not warranted to be suffering from a blown head gasket. It was transported the rest of the way.