c.1950 Daimler DB18 Empress
Chassis no. 91502
First produced in 1950, the DB18 Empress was the luxury coachbuilt version of the DB18, costing 3 times the price of the standard model. It was the most expensive medium sized Daimler ever produced. The aluminium body was made by the Royal Coachbuilders, Hooper, and was the first example of the famed "Empress" line, later to be put on larger chassis both by Daimler and Rolls Royce. Considered by many to be one of the most elegant cars ever made, 95 were produced, some 60 of which are known to the owners club.
- We have been advised by a noted Daimler historian in the UK that this Empress by Hooper is not based on the 2 1/2 liter DB18 chassis, but on the later and larger 3 1/2 liter model, likely a DF 308 chassis of c. 1956. This bodywork is referred to as 'six-light'.