1939/40 Daimler DB18/1 Tickford Drophead Coupe by Salmons
Reg. no. JM 5982
Chassis no. 47346
Engine no. 90954
Introduced in 1939, the DB18 – later re-christened the Consort and made until 1953– sat in the middle of Daimler’s line-up of luxury cars. The 2.5 litre six-cylinder engine, however, had been developed for a rather different type of vehicle – the Scout armoured car. In the DB18, it developed 70bhp and coupled to a Wilson 4-speed pre-selector gearbox, gave the car a top speed of around 75mph. DB18 chassis were fitted both with Daimler’s own bodies and those by external coachbuilders such as Salmons, Hooper and Barker. No doubt helped by extensive patronage from the British royal family, Daimlers were at the time extremely popular among those who could afford them – for example, Winston Churchill commissioned a DB18 drophead from coachbuilders Carlton in 1939, and over 100 of the model were purchased by Indian Maharajahs.
This car is a rare pre-war model – having been launched just before the start of hostilities, DB18 production was suspended after just over 1,000 had been built. Fitted with a Salmons/Tickford DHC body, it has been the subject of a rebuild from 2014 to earlier this year, which is documented both in writing and on a DVD. In good condition, with original leather interior, it has also benefitted from a new hood and carpets. Also fitted are an electric fuel pump and modern temperature and fuel gauges, sensible updates for added peace of mind!
The car is offered here with a V5c and various bills supporting work carried out.
Extra details and estimates:
£10,000 - 12,000
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