1953-1958 DAIM­LER CON­QUEST

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

WHY WE LOVE IT El­e­gant and classy – 1950s Daim­ler posh­ness at ‘nor­mal car’ prices.

This one verges on be­ing too good to be true – a Daim­ler from the true clas­sic era, burst­ing with 1950s ap­peal and an au­to­mo­tive mas­ter­piece in chrome, wood and leather. It’s a car you’ll want to go and sit in just for the sake of it.

Luck­ily, it’s just as ap­peal­ing when you swing open the garage door and purr out on to the open road. There’s a pre-se­lect gear­box in non-auto mod­els ac­com­pa­nied by a de­light­ful sound­track from the fluid fly­wheel. There is a ra­dio too – although, sadly, you won’t be able to tune into The

Light Pro­gramme as you cruise serenely along, ac­com­pa­nied by ad­mir­ing glances from fel­low road users.

De­rived from the equiv­a­lent Lanch­ester 14, the sweet-han­dling Con­quest fea­tures a 2433cc petrol en­gine that claims an 81mph top whack. If you were de­ter­mined never to be late for that Mayor’s Ball or Oddfel­lows meet­ing dur­ing the car’s 1954-1958 pro­duc­tion pe­riod, you could splash a few more pounds on a Con­quest Cen­tury, which boasted al­loy twin car­bu­ret­tors and cylin­der head, and added an­other 9mph.

The Con­quest has been over­looked but in­ter­est has grown re­cently, so act quickly. You’ll be glad you did.

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