1955 Daimler Conquest Convertible  Chassis no. 87687

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Lot 212N
1955 Daimler Conquest Convertible
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 87687

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 11,433) inc. premium
1955 Daimler Conquest Convertible
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 87687
*Rare Daimler soft-top
*One of only 250 made
*Pre-selector transmission
*Restored in Italy in 2008
*Previously registered in Italy (before that in UK)

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 1953, the Conquest was a shorter and lighter replacement for Daimler's first post-war saloon: the DB18, a design little changed from 1939. The first Daimler to feature independent suspension, the DB18 was powered by an enlarged-to-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. Mechanically similar but featuring subtly revised styling, the Consort saloon arrived in September 1949. A hypoid bevel rear axle replaced the traditional under-slung worm, Girling hydro-mechanical brakes were adopted, and the engine received new pistons.

    A small car by Daimler standards, and coded 'DJ250' by the factory, its Conquest successor 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 featured a new 2.4-litre, overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine coupled to the familiar Daimler fluid flywheel/pre-selector transmission, and retained a separate chassis incorporating independent front suspension and Girling hydro-mechanical brakes. A four-seater convertible (DJ252) version arrived in the spring of 1954 but would prove to be short-lived, disappearing from the range in 1955 when the three-seater 'New Drop-Head Coupé' was announced. Only 250 Conquest Convertibles were made: 200 in the first batch (DJ252) and 50 in the second (DJ253).

    This rare Daimler soft-top was imported into Italy from the UK in 2008 by classic car specialists Nerves Auto of Treviso. Following the completion of extensive works, the Daimler was sold to an Italian enthusiast as a present for his nephew. It is understood that the latter was not keen on the pre-selector transmission, and so the Conquest saw relatively little use. The current private Belgian vendor advises us that the car drives very well and is ready for long-distance touring. Accompanying documentation consists of previous Italian registration papers and a Belgian application for registration.

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1955 Daimler Conquest Convertible  Chassis no. 87687
1955 Daimler Conquest Convertible  Chassis no. 87687
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