1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470

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Lot 493
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster
Registration no. PYM 938 Chassis no. 90470

Sold for £ 37,950 (US$ 51,278) inc. premium
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster
Registration no. PYM 938
Chassis no. 90470
*Rare sporting Daimler soft-top
*1955 Brighton Concours winner
*Restored in 1988
*Present ownership since 1990
*Recent extensive refurbishment

Footnotes

  • Daimler production records kept at Gaydon show that this Conquest Century Roadster was ordered on 22nd September 1954 and despatched to Stratstone, the Daimler main agents, in April 1955. Fondly known to the owner as 'Penelope' (after the 'Thunderbirds' character, Lady Penelope), this car has the more elegant aluminium two-seat roadster body (later cars were steel) and the up-rated engine. A photograph on file shows the Daimler winning the 1955 Concours d'Élégance in Brighton with the first owner, Mr J Bond of London W2, and his lady companion. Records show that only two Roadsters had wind-up windows and quarter-lights fitted, this example being one. These features were installed after delivery and the Brighton photograph shows the car before the fitting.

    In 1969, engine number '72995' was replaced with '74707', since when only 17,000 miles have been covered, most with the current owner. The Daimler was fully restored in 1988, the body being rebuilt by Marcos Cars at a cost in excess of £6,000. Further body works were undertaken by Rod Jolley Coachbuilding in 1994, and the car also benefits from recent extensive refurbishment. Carried out in 2014 by NICAL Engineering Ltd of Beaulieu (as used by the NMM), this thorough mechanical overhaul included a new complete exhaust; brake system rebuild including handbrake; gearbox removal and new bushings, oil seals, and adjustments: torsion bar reset; suspension and steering realignment: lighting electrics; underside Waxoyled; gear shift overhaul; new distributor and ignition system; engine top-end overhaul (valves, gaskets, etc); and various minor tidying. In addition, the wheels were recently shot-blasted, repainted, re-shod and balanced.

    Owned by a Beaulieu collector since 1990, 'PYM 938' has covered a believed-genuine 46,000 miles from new and is described as in near pristine condition and ultra reliable. The car is finished in Old English White with red leather interior, and is fitted with a recently overhauled red vinyl hood. Non original additions consist of radial tyres (x5), front seat belts, period radio (1960), and two interior lights. Accompanying documentation consists of all logbooks, registration documents, and MoTs since 1981, together with road tax discs and most invoices from new. The car also comes with a workshop manual, factory parts catalogue, and an original owner's handbook.
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1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster  Chassis no. 90470
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