Lot 147 - 1952 Daimler Barker Special Sport

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Auction Fontwell House
Auction Date 12th September 2019
Day of Auction Day 1 - Thursday

Lot Details

Lot Number 147
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 159087
Year 1952
Make Daimler
Model Barker Special Sport

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The Daimler Special Sports is based upon the post war DB18 chassis with several important modifications, the most notable being an overdrive gearbox, high ratio differential, hydro/mechanical brakes, alloy cylinder head and twin carburettors. The standard DB18 chassis had built in jacks, an automatic lubrication system and heater as standard, which also feature on this car.

The title Special Sports is a misnomer, the car should rightly be regarded as a comfortable high speed touring car. Its seasoned ash frame, heavy upholstered seats, thick Wilton carpet and beautifully crafted wooden trim, give a weight to the car which reduces the effectiveness of the twin carb’s and alloy cylinder head.

However, the car will comfortably cruise at 60mph plus and is easily capable of motorway speeds. The long wheelbase and excellent suspension, independent at the front, iron out the bumps and give the car a lovely long legged ride. The chassis of the DB18 range rarely give cause for concern, they are built of high grade steel and well engineered.

This car has had a ground up restoration and when completed was the centrefold in Practical Classics magazine. A truly elegant open top tourer and a very rare piece of British motoring history.


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