1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162

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Lot 501
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 11,147) inc. premium
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Registration no. LWR 198
Chassis no. D59162
*Rare coachbuilt soft-top Daimler
*One of only 500-or-so made
*Partly restored
*Offered as an uncompleted project

Footnotes

  • Daimler is one of the few manufacturers that can rightfully claim to have been established from the birth of the motor industry. The company's traditions of sound engineering, design and good workmanship were maintained throughout its life; hardly surprising therefore that Daimler enjoyed a lengthy association with Royalty as suppliers of motor cars.

    Development of the pre-war Daimler Fifteen culminated with the DB18 model announced for 1939. Independent suspension appeared for the first time on a Daimler and the DB18 featured an enlarged, 2,522cc version of the overhead-valve six first introduced in 1933. Daimler's customary fluid flywheel, pre-selector gearbox and worm drive rear axle comprised the transmission. A new drophead coupé appeared at the first post-war London Motor Show in 1948: the DB18 Special Sports. Stylish in a most un-Daimler-like manner, the Special Sports featured coachwork by Barker, the latter, like Daimler and fellow coachbuilders Hooper, being one of the BSA Group's many companies. The radiator grille was now curved, the alloy-panelled coachwork more streamlined, and the Special Sports benefited from hydro-mechanical braking and a power output raised to 85bhp courtesy of twin carburettors. In short: a model combining all the usual Daimler refinements with increased performance. When DB18 production ceased in 1953, only 500-or-so of these elegant and refined Special Sports roadsters had been completed.

    This DB18 Special Sports features Barker's distinctive drophead coupé coachwork with split bench front seat and single sideways-facing rear seat. The previous owner had bought the car in 2000, having always wanted a DB18. When he purchased the car he believed it to be in good condition, requiring only a re-spray. However, when the work was started it was found that the body was in very poor condition. The owner then commissioned a restoration of the bodywork and had the chrome re-plated (photographs available). Unfortunately, he lost the storage and was unable to do any more work on the car.

    At this point (2007) the vendor and his friend bought the car as a retirement project and it was driven off the trailer into their shed. They have spent a lot of time on the car, but unfortunately neither of them now enjoys good health and they have decided to sell it. It is believed that all the parts required to finish the Daimler are present. Offered with a V5 registration document, this potentially most rewarding project is sold strictly as viewed.
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1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. D59162
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