1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557

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Lot 435
1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by J Moreton Registration no. EHK 895 Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557

Sold for £ 24,725 (US$ 30,981) inc. premium
1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by J Moreton

Registration no. EHK 895
Chassis no. 42736
Engine no. 25557

Footnotes

  • One of the founding firms of the British motor industry, Daimler was part of the expanding BSA group by 1911. The adoption of the refined 'Silent Knight' sleeve-valve engine had done much to turn around the company's fortunes and establish Daimler as a marque committed to engineering excellence, a policy which continued in the 1920s with the introduction of the 'Double-Six' - Britain's first V12. A new range of sleeve-valve sixes was introduced for 1926, and these chassis began to attract an increasing proportion of owner-driver coachwork. This trend continued with the introduction of the first of Daimler's pushrod overhead-valve sixes - the 1,805cc Fifteen - in 1933. The range expanded and in 1936 a larger owner-driver six, the Light 20, was introduced. This new model was powered by a 2,565cc fixed-head engine, which drove via Daimler's trademark Wilson pre-selector gearbox. At 114", the wheelbase was shorter than that of the superseded LQ20, making for a lighter and faster car, while this improved performance was restrained by Girling mechanical brakes. Apart from styling differences, the Light 20 was identical to the Lanchester 18.

    With the passage of time, many cars of this period have lost their original bodywork, in many cases because it had deteriorated beyond economical repair, and this Daimler Light 20 has been re-bodied with three-position drophead coupé coachwork by J Moreton of Staffordshire, the transformation being carried out as part of a full restoration undertaken during 1999/2000 (photographs on file). Since completion the car has been maintained regularly and used for rallies, etc. Described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, starting readily and ticking over smoothly, 'EHK 895' comes complete with jack, starting handle and some other tools. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned photographs, sundry restoration invoices and a V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the starter motor is not functioning, but starts readily on the crank handle.
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1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557
1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557
1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557
1936 Daimler Light 20 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42736 Engine no. 25557
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