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Lot 084: Daimler DB18 Empress

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

The Daimler DB18 was launched in 1939 with a 2.5-litre overhead-valve six-cylinder engine and was essentially a development of the earlier Daimler New Fifteen. Built on a cruciform-braced chassis with an underslung worm-drive axle and independent front suspension, it had beautifully light worm and roller steering and Girling mechanical brakes. Transmission was by Daimler's traditional pre-selector gearbox allied to a fluid flywheel. The standard saloon had coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham but drophead bodies by Charlesworth, Abbott and Tickford were also available. In 1948 a more powerful Super Sports model was launched with twin carburettors, an alloy cylinder head and various other engine tweaks that raised power from 70 to 85bhp. Improved brakes, a modified chassis and overdrive top gear were also added while the all-aluminium coachwork was predominantly in a swooping drophead style by Barkers. However, 97 of the Super Sports chassis were dispatched to Hooper to be bodied in the elegant razor-edged Empress coachwork you see here  a body style that was so well received by the aristocracy that it went on to adorn several Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. Luxuriously trimmed inside, the Empress cost a hefty �3,450 in 1950, compared to �2,103 for the Barker drophead and �1,624 for the standard Consort saloon. Just 24 examples are thought to survive today. This smart looking example was part of a large fleet of wedding cars which has just been purchased by the vendor. Surplus to his needs, we are advised that it appears to be in very smart condition, although has seen little use over the last 2-3 years. Updates will be posted on the Brightwells website as soon as more information becomes available.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number084
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
Condition rating2
Registration numberMUU 869
Mileage-
Chassis number56738
Engine number44211
Engine capacity (cc)2522
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4