Known as the DB18 or simply Eighteen, Daimler’s 2 ½-liter offering was introduced not long before the outbreak of the Second World War as an upgraded version of the New Fifteen. The war of course saw automobile manufacturers turn to wartime production, and in Daimler’s case this meant building armored cars, tank components, aero engines and the four-wheel-drive Scout Car, also known as the Daimler Dingo, which shared its capable straight-six engine and Fluid Flywheel-drive pre-selector gearbox with the DB18. The DB18 was marketed again after the war as the 2.5-litre, but as Daimler and other British carmakers adopted the American practice of giving their cars creative names, it was slightly revised for the famous 1948 London Motor Show at Earls Court and renamed the Consort. Revisions for the export-driven Consort included integration of the firewall into the body, Girling hydraulic front and rod operated rear brakes, incorporation of the headlights into the front guards and a more curved radiator grille. Fed by an SU carburetor, the 2,522 cc pushrod straight six made 70 brake horsepower. The gearbox was a four-speed Wilson pre-selector driven through Daimler's Fluid Flywheel, a superbly adaptable driveline capable of crawling smoothly in parades and processions but also capable of a top speed of 82 miles per hour. Around 4,250 Consorts were made, but many have not survived. This 1950 Daimler Consort is special in that it is understood to be the very car prepared for Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Malta, continuing Daimler's distinction of being the automobile of choice for the Royal Mews that traced back to the early 1900s when Prince Edward (later King Edward VII) learned to drive in a Daimler. Part of a unique Daimler and Lanchester collection that was moved from Great Britain to North America about 25 years ago, it is in very good condition, finished in green with color-coded hubcaps, chrome trim rings and blackwall tires. Alongside the distinctive fluted Daimler clamshell grille are Lucas tri-bar headlamps and Lucas driving lights. The interior features recently replaced tan cloth upholstery and carpets as well as refinished wood and a banjo-spoke steering wheel. The Daimler is closely associated with royalty, but only a precious few have an actual royal connection. What’s more, this is a very solid, usable example that spent many years under the stewardship of a marque enthusiast who treated it with care, respect and intimate knowledge of the marque. It is a pretty, charming and distinctive example of postwar British car design.
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