1927 Daimler

Daimler; Britain's oldest surviving automobile manufacturer; established a relationship with Britain's Royal Family at the turn of the last century when the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, learned to drive in and then purchased an early Daimler. It led to Daimler becoming the favored marque in the Royal Mews, influence which saw royalty and society's upper crust throughout the world adopt Daimlers. Daimler was a forerunner in adopting Charles Yale Knight's sleeve valve system and laboring successfully to perfect it. Sleeve valves' silence and smoothness were ideal for the large, formal automobiles preferred by its clientele and Daimler adopted them across the board. As the Twenties progressed luxury car manufacturers started down a multi-cylinder engine path, with Daimler being one of the more daring in creating a series of V-12 engines with sleeve valves. The Daimler Double Six was built in two series, rated Thirty and Fifty RAC horsepower with 3,743cc and 7.1 liters respectively. Incredibly smooth and silent, the 50hp Double Six was intended for large, luxurious formal coachwork like limousines, coupes deVille and town cabriolets. The smaller 30hp Double Six gave the same quality of silent, smooth performance for lighter cars. This Daimler Double Six 30 it titled as a 1927, but is believed to be a 1929 model. It has close coupled trunk-backed coupe coachwork by Daimler (#108953), with only a small space behind the front seats for a very occasional passenger or a generous weekend's luggage. Daimler's workmanship is visibly exciting in the quality of every casting and the aircraft quality fit and finish of the engine and chassis. The car is finished in deep green with black fenders, dual side-mounted spares, nickel plated grille, wire wheels, black wall tires and Rotax headlights and matching fender markers. The roof is padded and there are aluminum panels in the running boards covering tool trays. Everything is the highest quality, from the construction of the chassis and engine to the Daimler coachwork. This unusual automobile was fully restored some years ago to the standards expected of such a rare and luxurious automobile and has subsequently been toured while also being consistently maintained both cosmetically and mechanically. It is a CCCA Full Classic (tm), has just been freshly detailed and is ready to grace any tour or event and be shown proudly at the end of a day's exercise.

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