1952 Daimler DB18. The Daimler DB18 Barker Special

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1952 Daimler DB18. The Daimler DB18 Barker Special Sports Drophead Coupe' convertible is likely one only a few collectors have seen. Even though the British Daimler Motor Company at one time was considered an equal to the Rolls Royce when it came to quality, sound engineering and prestige. This example was donated to the Hemken Collection by Brenda Steigel in memory of her husband Jim Steigel who died of brain cancer in March 2007. In 1985 Jim and Brenda Steigel traveled to Great Britain where Jim found and purchased this Daimler from a used car dealer, paying the equivalent of $5423 for the vehicle before having it shipped to the U.S., Jim was constantly visiting car museums throughout the country and the Hemken Collection was the last museum he visited before his death, so Brenda donated the car for display as a "tribute to him, his life, his dreams and his accomplishments" British Royalty have driven Daimlers since 1910 and lives on today as a marque in association with Jaguar Motor Cars. This non-running example has all the original components intact including the six cylinder 154ci, 85 hp engine, 4-speed transmission, four wheel drum brakes and right hand drive. Mechanically, the Special Sports was enhanced with twin carburetors and an overdrive epicyclic gearbox. Daimler, following World War II, introduced the 2.5 litre Special Sports in 1948. According to reports of the time it was well received and "much sought after for its ability to transport occupants with high speed and comfort.The drophead body by Barker, with its handsome lines, immediately conveyed an image of sportiness. And whilst the famous fluted radiator was distinctly altered, it did not detract from the Daimler marque. Both inside and out, the attention to detail was far above the standard of the day. This is especially apparent when one looks at the ease in which the hood is operated and the clever sideways occasional seating employed. 608 Special Sports' chassis were produced but only about 500 were given the Barker body. The remainder had Hooper coachwork. This example is the final year for the Drophead Coupe and has been repainted with a new top. It is ready to have its engine and drivetrain revived and the car placed back on the road or the show circuit.

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1952 Daimler DB18. The Daimler DB18 Barker Special
1952 Daimler DB18. The Daimler DB18 Barker Special
Lot number: 168
Seller: Rich Penn Auctions
Event: Hemken Auto Museum Collection
Ends: Saturday, September 18 | 9:00 AM  Central

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