1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. D53202 Engine no. 20122

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Lot 462
1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé
Registration no. KNB 795 Chassis no. D53202 Engine no. 20122

Sold for £ 14,375 (US$ 17,769) inc. premium
1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Barker & Co. (Coachbuilders), Ltd.

Registration no. KNB 795
Chassis no. D53202
Engine no. 20122

Footnotes

  • Writing of Daimler’s DB18 in 1947 The Autocar said:-
    “The Daimler 2 ½ litre displays an unusual blend of qualities. On the one hand it offers the comfort and refinement which is expected of a car carrying the fluted Daimler radiator. On the other hand it provides the lively performance and responsive controls which are more often associated with the best products of continental factories”.

    The standard saloon was expensively priced at £1,977 including Purchase Tax, with the Drophead Coupé significantly more expensive still. The engine was the well tried 2 ½ litre unit introduced pre-war in the Daimler 15 and the chassis likewise was largely unchanged. A redesigned cylinder head was employed and the DB18 featured the popular pre-selector gearbox while automatic chassis lubrication was a further refinement. Both Barker and Tickford were to design and build elegant Foursome Drophead Coupés on this chassis using traditional coachbuilding methods and the 1949 models still retained the distinctive separate chrome headlamps. The Foursome Drophead Coupé bridged the gap between the customer requiring a formal four-door saloon for practical purposes but perhaps desiring the 2 ½ litre two-seater Special Sports Model. On test in 1947, Daimler’s DB18 developed 70bhp, achieved a top speed in saloon form of 72.2mph and recorded fuel consumption of 22mpg.

    This DB18, originally owned by a titled lady until the late 1950’s, comes from a small private collection of Daimler motor cars where it has resided since 1965. In 1990 a restoration was embarked upon which included a quality re-spray in British Racing Green, the interior was reupholstered in beige leather and the hood renewed. The car was subsequently lightly used for a number of years and was running well when put away in 1997. It was briefly on the road and in July 2004 and in 2007 was laid up with minor problems relating to the steering joints. New parts have been acquired and will be offered with the car at the sale.

    Here is an elegant and rare car on which significant restoration has been carried out to a high standard but now requiring recommissioning, its owner’s resident mechanic having in recent years devoted his energies to his own fleet of Daimlers. The car is expected to be running at the time of the sale and is offered with a Swansea registration document, old style log book and some restoration bills.
1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. D53202 Engine no. 20122
1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. D53202 Engine no. 20122
1949 Daimler DB18 2 ½ litre Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. D53202 Engine no. 20122
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