1952 Daimler DB18

Drophead Coupe by Hooper
Broad Arrow Amelia Island 2023
Saturday, 4 March
Sale Price
$125,000 - $175,000
Est. Range
4 March 2023
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 53903. British Racing Green and tan with tan cloth top over tan leather. RHD. 2522/85hp, 4-speed pre-selector gearbox, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, dual wing mirrors, power top, driving lights, original radio, dash clock.

Evaluation: Reportedly one of six DB18 chassis with this Hooper Drophead coachwork. Restored in 2017. Fully redone and nearly spotless engine. Beautiful paint. A few small smudges in the top. Very good, lightly worn interior. Not overdone but well done. Lovely open top British motoring even though neither Daimler cars nor Hooper coachwork are highly coveted here.

Bottom Line: Sometimes Daimlers fly under the radar at auction, at least in this country. Despite being a favorite marque of the royals (Daimler actually had a Royal Warrant to provide cars to the monarchy until the 1950s), it doesn’t have the name recognition or badge prestige of the equivalent Rolls-Royce or Bentley. However, this car’s good looks as well as its exquisite, expensive and recent restoration were not lost on the Amelia bidders. The price is huge and well above its high estimate, but it would be probably impossible to find another DB18 configured this way in any condition, let alone one this clean.

by Andrew Newton
6 April 2023
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