Wed, 9th Dec 2015 13:30

Chateau Impney

  Lot 34

1950 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe

Estimated at £23,000 - £26,000

Lot details
Registration No: LVF 152
Chassis No: D53855
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- 1 of c.500 examples made and museum displayed for many years

- Credible but only unwarranted 37,000 miles

- Dark Green hide, pre-selector transmission, good running order

Popular among the types of DB18 were the three-seater Special Sports Drophead Coupes built by Barker between 1948 and 1952, of which some 500 were constructed. Topping the sturdy steel ladder chassis was a hand-beaten aluminium body, paired with heavy gauge steel wings. Power came from an in-line OHV six-cylinder engine of 2522cc that, courtesy of a high compression aluminium head and twin carburettors, produced 85bhp. This was mated to a four-speed Wilson pre-selector gearbox and the comprehensive specification included such mechanical niceties as automatic chassis lubrication and integral jacking.

This splendid-looking example recently hailed from the Highlands of Scotland, but previously lived in Bristol and Chelmsford before spending many years in a Spanish museum; hence the credible (but unwarranted) overall mileage of 37,000. It is finished in two-tone Green and trimmed in Dark Green hide, and the vendor informs us that the engine bay is in 'show condition', the body and brightwork 'are excellent with no rust', the inside 'luxurious with soft Green seats and new carpets', and the hood 'in virtually new condition'. He believes there 'is nothing that currently needs attention', and is selling the Daimler complete with various items of paperwork and an original handbook.

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