1956 Daimler New Drophead Coupe £29,995
A DLOC Concours-Winner!

A unique opportunity to acquire a very rare and beautiful drophead British Classic. A car of distinction with elegant sweeping bodylines and undoubtedly the most striking design ever produced by the Company. It has a higher roof and wider doors than most other sportstcars which gives very easy access, this appealed to the more dignified Daimler driver of the day.

Launched as “The New Daimler Drophead Coupe” to distinguish it from the previous Daimler 2-seat Roadster, with the slogans “100 MPH and all this greater comfort” and “Power in a Velvet Glove“. They were all handbuilt and consequently so expensive that only 54 were built between 1955 and 1957 of which 46 have been traced worldwide by the DLOC, an amazing survival record. They were built specifically for the rich and famous, Jags and Mercs were ‘ten a penny’ compared to these exclusive Daimlers.

The car offered was number 52 off the production line, it left the factory with the Wilson Pre-select transmission, but this was professionally changed to a Borg Warner fully automatic gearbox about 7 years ago.

It is a 3-seat drophead version with wind-up windows and a 3rd passenger seated thwartships. The body shell was manufactured in alloy and steel and trimmed by Carbodies Ltd and returned to Daimler for mounting on the chassis.

This car has had very little use over the years, around 1,000 miles p.a. or less, according to the MoT Certificates. The alloy and steel body is well preserved, and has undergone a refresher repaint at some point to high standard. The washable and lined hood and weather equipment are fully serviceable with matching Hoodbag cover provided. Brightwork is A1. The leather seats are excellent, the carpets look set for many more years of use.

The car starts on the button and pulls well, the automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. All tyres look good.

Comes with a copy of the superb book “Daimler Conquest Roadster & New Drophead Coupe” by Mynard & Wilson. Inside the book there is a delightful publicity shot of Jayne Mansfield with one of these models. What a dish! She wasn’t too bad either!

This matching-numbers vehicle represents a very good investment opportunity as future values can only increase substantially. A similar black Daimler DJ254 made a world record £50,000 at Bonhams Auction not so long ago. In the history file there are details of a another Daimler Roadster offered by Bonhams for between $60,000 to $80,000 at their prestigous Amelia Island US Auction.

Included with this car :-

Original Daimler DHC Owner’s Manual.
Workshop Manuals.
Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Certificate.
Original Green Log Book.
Old MoT’s dating back to 1974 (and old tax discs)
DVLA Ownership history.
Receipts for Maintenance over the years.
Starting Handle.
Seat belts (unfitted)

For more info on this exclusive car, call or text John on 07909 231414.
Vehicle is located in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Transport arranged at £1 pr loaded mile.

Some Historical Info

The Autocar Daimler advert from October 1955 proclaimed vivid performance, powerful braking and outstanding road holding for the Drophead, quite a statement for such a big (over 14.5 feet long) and heavy car. Then there was the price tag of £1927 (Autocar Oct 1955) comparable to the average UK house price at the time which ensured the 100mph/21mpg Daimler was never going to be produced in large numbers.

During 1956 the luxury car market, especially coach built models from Daimler, started to suffer from competition with rivals Jaguar incorporating mass production techniques. The XK140 being £280 pounds less than the Conquest DHC forced Daimler to drop the new car price by 12% in April. The Suez Crises hit and during the summer petrol rationing came into force, by September another 12% reduction made the DHC better value for money; the model was however dropped from the new car line up the following year. Unfortunately the same crisis increased the manufacturing costs and even with the introduction of their own Edward Turner designed V8 and the new Dart model Daimler were in trouble and Jaguar took over the company in 1960.