1953-1958 DAIMLER CONQUEST
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.