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  Lot 350

1951 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe
Only 59,000 recorded miles

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FFX 405
Chassis No: DB1853846
MOT: August 2020

Motor Car Location: Lancashire

  • Been in regular use and MOT tested each year for last 15 years
  • Only 59000 recorded miles and only 2000 in last 15 years
  • In current ownership for 16 years
  • Twin rear seat conversion with single seat supplied

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.


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