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Sold 1951 Daimler DB18 Special Sports

1951 Daimler DB18 Special Sports




Daimler is one of the few manufacturers that can rightfully claim to have been established from the birth of the motor industry, and the marque is still with us today in association with Jaguar.

The company’s traditions of sound engineering, design and good workmanship have been maintained throughout, hardly surprising therefore that Daimler enjoyed a lengthy association with Royalty as suppliers of motor cars. Development of the pre-war Daimler Fifteen culminated with the DB18 model announced for 1939. Independent suspension appeared for the first time on a Daimler and the DB18 featured an enlarged, 2,522cc version of the overhead-valve six first introduced in 1933.

Daimler’s customary fluid flywheel, pre-selector gearbox and worm drive rear axle comprised the transmission. A new drophead coupé appeared at the first post-war London Motor Show in 1948: the DB18 Special Sports. Stylish in a most un-Daimler-like manner, the Special Sports featured coachwork by Barker, the latter, like Daimler and fellow coachbuilders Hooper, being one of the BSA Group's many companies. The radiator grille was now curved, the alloy-panelled coachwork more streamlined, and the Special Sports benefited from hydro-mechanical braking and a power output raised to 85bhp courtesy of twin carburettors. In short: a model combining all the usual Daimler refinements with increased performance.

When DB18 production ceased in 1953, only 500-or-so of these elegant and refined Special Sports roadsters had been completed.


  • This DB18 Special Sports features Barker’s distinctive drophead coupé coachwork (body number ‘56169’) with bench front seat and single sideways-facing rear seat. The car is finished in two-tone green and silver with tan leather interior and green hood.
  • This Daimler Special Sports was imported from the UK in 2017. Paint work and the interior are very good, and the lined hood excellent.
  • Engine out and a total rebuild by Auto Restoration, Christchurch that year at a cost in excess of $50,000. Hardened valve seats, mildly raised compression, transistorised ignition and power steering also fitted. Subsequent rev counter rebuilt, master and wheel brake cylinders overhauled and a supplemental electric fuel pump fitted. Winking indicators are within the side and tail lights. Grease and oil and filter change the end of 2020.
  • All the work sheets and accounts from Auto Restoration plus photographs available.
  • Stunning car - drives beautifully and what a presence!

This is a most beautiful, quality classic, that you'll never tire of driving – guaranteed.

A great investment too - very rare car to come by.

Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.

Transport / shipping can be organised for Buyer on Buyer's behalf at Buyer's cost.



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Waimak Classic Cars accepts that the vehicle being sold must be of “acceptable quality” in terms of section 7 of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (the Act) having regard to “the nature of the goods”.

Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.

The Purchaser acknowledges that the vehicle is being sold as a classic car; that in terms of the Act and the nature of the goods, the vehicle, is an old car that may have faults, unlike a modern motor vehicle.

The Purchaser is encouraged to personally fully inspect the vehicle and/or to have the vehicle inspected, fully assessed and maintained by an experienced classic car mechanic.

The Purchaser acknowledges that they have read and fully understand this notification and the nature of a car which is many years old.

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