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Daimler, Britains oldest car manufacturer was founded in 1893, originally as an importer of German built Daimler motor-cars. By the early 1900's the company had established its own range of British built cars and was quickly embraced by the upper classes and British Royal family.

In 1910 Daimler was acquired by BSA and continued to build its luxury models throughout the 1920's and 30's. Following difficulties encountered at the end of W.W.II Daimler was again purchased by another manufacturer, Jaguar Cars. Today the company survives as part of Ford owned Jaguar, gracing derivatives of the V8 engined Jaguar XJ8 range.

Source: Motorbase

1896-to date

Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Maybach developed a single-cylinder vertical petrol engine and fitted one to a horse-drawn vehicle in 1886 to make an automobile. Most of their engines built over the next few years were narrow V-twins and utilised in boats. Frederick Simms acquired the British rights to these engines and followed a largely similar course. In 1895 he sold these rights to Harry J Lawson and the Daimler Motor Company was formed. Lawson had been involved with the cycling 'boom' of the 1880s and foresaw a similar scenario for the motorcar.

Works were bought in Coventry and the first English Daimler motorcars were sold in March 1897. They followed the Panhard-Levassor pattern, with a two-cylinder vertical engine at the front, a mid-mounted gearbox, side-chain drive, and were tiller–steered. Four-cylinder cars and wheel steering were introduced in 1899 and the Prince of Wales bought his first Daimler the following year, this beginning the long-lasting royal association with the make.

For 1909 Daimler made engines of sleeve-valve design and these served the Company well for the next thirty years.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Daimler

101

101

1958-1962

104

104

1955-1955

14

14

1903-1903

15

15

1910-1912

15

15

1933-1934

15

15

1935-1936

15

15

1938-1940

16/20

1904-1905

16/55

16/55

1924-1929

17

1907-1907

18/22

1904-1905

2.5 litre/V8 250

2.5 litre/V8 250

1962-1969

20

20

1912-1915

20-70/16-20

20-70/16-20

1926-1933

20/30

1931-1934

21

21

1923-1925

23

23

1911-1912

25

1911-1912

25/85

25/85

1924-1930

28

1907-1907

28/36

28/36

1904-1906

3 Litre

3 Litre

1953-1954

3.6/4.0

3.6/4.0

1986-1994

30

30

1912-1915

30

30

1920-1925

30/40

30/40

1905-1906

35

35

1906-1907

35/120

35/120

1924-1932

36

1908-1908

38

38

1908-1913

4-Litre

4-Litre

1938-1940

4.5-Litre

4.5-Litre

1936-1940

40/50

40/50

1931-1935

45

45

1906-1906

45

45

1915-1915

45

45

1920-1925

48

48

1908-1909

50

50

1927-1930

58

1908-1908

7

1904-1904

Century Drophead

Century Drophead

1954-1955

Conquest

Conquest

1953-1956

Conquest Century

Conquest Century

1954-1958

Conquest Roadster

Conquest Roadster

1953-1955

DB17-1/DB18

DB17-1/DB18

1938-1940

DB18

DB18

1939-1950

DB18 Consort

DB18 Consort

1949-1953

DE27

DE27

1946-1951

DE36

DE36

1946-1953

DH27

DH27

1946-1951

DK 400A

DK 400A

1956-1956

Double 6-50 Sports

Double 6-50 Sports

1930-1931

Double Six

1935-1938

DR450

DR450

1961-1968

DS420

DS420

1968-1992

EL24/ES24

EL24/ES24

1937-1940

Grafton Phaeton

Grafton Phaeton

1897-1897

Light 20

Light 20

1936-1940

Light Straight 8

Light Straight 8

1936-1938

Limousine

Limousine

1979-1992

LQ20

LQ20

1934-1936

Majestic

Majestic

1958-1959

Majestic Major

Majestic Major

1959-1968

New Sovereign

New Sovereign

1969-1973

One-O-Four

One-O-Four

1955-1959

Regency Mk I

Regency Mk I

1951-1952

Regency Mk II

Regency Mk II

1954-1955

Regency Mk III

Regency Mk III

1954-1956

Regency/Empress II

Regency/Empress II

1952-1954

Regina/DK 400

Regina/DK 400

1954-1960

Six 4.0

Six 4.0

1994-1994

Sovereign

Sovereign

1966-1969

SP250

SP250

1959-1964

Special Sports

Special Sports

1948-1953

Sportsman

Sportsman

1954-1957

Super V8

Super V8

1999-1999

V26

V26

1934-1935