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Lot 065: Daimler Conquest Century Saloon

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

Launched in 1953 to replace the Consort, the upmarket Daimler Conquest was a slightly modified version of the Lanchester 14/Leda but fitted with a six-cylinder, single carb 2,433cc engine that initially produced some 75bhp. The large cruciform chassis had double wishbone front suspension with laminated torsion bars, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar, while the rear suspension used leaf springs with telescopic dampers. Cam and peg steering was used and Girling hydro-mechanical brakes. Automatic chassis lubrication to 21 points, using a pump controlled by exhaust heat, was a clever feature. Drive was via a Daimler four-speed pre-selector gearbox with fluid flywheel. It came in three body styles, saloon, roadster or drophead coupe. All had luxurious, well-appointed traditional wood grain and leather interiors. In 1954 the engine was uprated to Century spec with an alloy head, big valves, higher compression, high lift cam and twin carbs which raised the output to a useful 100bhp with a 100mph top speed and a 0-60 time of around 16 seconds. Always an expensive car, just 4,818 Century saloons were sold before production came to an end in 1958. Dating from July 1957, this particular Century Saloon has had just three owners from new, the first owning it right up until 1996. Finished in dark blue with a blue leather interior, it appears to be in remarkably original condition throughout and the 48,000 miles on the clock could well be genuine although there is insufficient history to warrant this. Although it is somewhat scruffy cosmetically, it appears to be very sound and the interior is in remarkably good shape and could be totally transformed with very little effort. Said to run and drive well, it certainly performed nicely when we were treated to a brief test drive on the occasion of our visit. With just 20 Century Conquests of all types still registered with the DVLA, this is now an exceedingly rare motorcar that deserves an enthusiastic new owner to preserve and improve it for future generations to enjoy. The icing on the cake is a most eye-catching and original London number plate, TYT 11.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number065
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1957
Condition rating3
Registration numberTYT 11
Mileage-
Chassis number97099
Engine number81802
Engine capacity (cc)2433
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4