<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978

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Lot 164
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster

Sold for US$ 35,200 inc. premium
1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster
Chassis no. 90476
Engine no. 72978

2,433cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder
Twin SU Carburetor
100bhp at 4,400rpm
4-Speed Pre-Selector Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Rear Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring with Live Rear Axle Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*One of only 65 Conquest Century Roadsters built
*Cosmetically and mechanically refurbished
*Almost never seen in the United States
*Documented by its JDHT Certificate
*British elegance and style


THE DAIMLER CONQUEST

A small car by Daimler standards, the Conquest was, according to The Autocar, "designed to cater for the driver who requires a vehicle of high quality and detail finish, coupled with a good performance, but does not want a large or heavy car." The medium-sized Conquest debuted at the 1953 Motor Show featuring a new 2.4-liter, overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine coupled to the familiar Daimler fluid flywheel and pre-selector gearbox, and retained a separate chassis incorporating independent front suspension and Girling Hydro-mechanical brakes. Also new, but very different from its sober-sided saloon sibling, was the Conquest Roadster, whose sensational, American-influenced lines were the last thing anyone expected from Daimler. A convincing embodiment of the company's contemporary 'Out Of Pedigree Comes Pace' advertising slogan, the lightweight, alloy-bodied two-seater Roadster could top 100mph, with 60mph reachable in 14.5 seconds.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This rare Conquest Roadster, one of only about 65 produced, was completed on October 8th, 1954 and dispatched less than two months later on December 1st to Somerset in the UK. Originally trimmed in blue, it was acquired by the current owner in 2012. Prior to his acquisition, the car had resided with a single, British keeper for the previous four decades. From April 2000 until 2012, the car was mostly garage kept and not driven.

Upon acquiring the Roadster, the car was immediately sent to Autosport in Modena, Italy for a thorough cosmetic restoration. Attention was paid to the chrome and aluminum bodywork while new silver paint was applied and a fresh interior was fitted including newly trimmed leather seats, dash, and door panels along with new red carpets. Upon completion of the cosmetics, any necessary mechanical work was done by North East Auto Doctors of Bethel, Connecticut.

Today the car still shows beautifully and is complete with its side curtains, top boot, original owner's manual, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and some service records. Rarely seen in such lovely condition, this Conquest is surely among the finest example extant. If you've ever worried about seeing someone else driving the same car as you to the next cars and coffee, concours, or show you can all but rest assured you'll be the only fellow in attendance with this awesome machine!

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car is titled under engine no. 72978
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<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
<b>1955 Daimler Conquest Century Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 90476<br />Engine no. 72978
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