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1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe
Subject to a complete body off total and comprehensive restoration

Lot 87 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)

Sold for £28,688

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 375 YUH
Chassis No: 59083
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to a complete body off total and comprehensive restoration
  • Winner of Best car in show at Tatton Park 2016 , trophy included
  • Photographic record of restoration
  • File containing all invoices and bills
  • Handbooks present
  • Fitted with battery conditoner

Introduced at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe was the work of in-house coachbuilder Barker. Topping the sturdy steel ladder chassis was a hand-beaten aluminium body, paired with heavy gauge steel wings, whilst the model's sleek lines concealed an unusual sideways-facing rear seat. Boasting independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension, an underslung worm-drive rear axle, Marles worm-and-roller steering and Girling hydro-mechanical drum brakes, the three-seater convertible was powered by a 2522cc OHV straight-six engine allied to four-speed Wilson pre-selector transmission. With some 85bhp and 116lbft of torque on tap thanks to its high compression aluminium head and twin SU carburettors, the Special Sports was reputedly capable of 86.5mph. Initially priced at £2,560 7s 10d, the stylish drophead coupe remained in production until 1953 by which time approximately 500 are thought to have been sold.

Subject to a complete body off total and comprehensive restoration, evidenced by its current condition and a photographic record accompanying the car, this Special Sports is finished in red over silver with beige leather interior and beige hood. We feel most people would agree the colour combination compliments the graceful proportions beautifully and really sets off the delicacy and flow of the Barker coachwork. Previously domiciled overseas, the car was UK registered in January 2012 under the non-transferable registration mark 375 YUH. In the current ownership for the past eight years, it is offered with a history file containing numerous invoices and bills together with handbooks. Worthy of the closest inspection, we are delighted to offer such an attractive looking example.


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