In 1953, Daimler replaced its Consort with a more modern mid-size luxury saloon called the Conquest, which was based on the Fourteen built by Daimler's sister marque, Lanchester. The standard Conquest at its introduction used a 2,433 cc straight-six with a single Zenith carburetor making 75 horsepower, but in 1954 the new, more expensive Conquest Century model received, in addition to minor trim changes, twin SU carburetors, larger valves, high lift cams and higher compression. This improved performance significantly with 100 horsepower on tap and a top speed of over 90 miles per hour. The transmission was a four-speed pre-selector with Fluid Flywheel, although from late 1956 the Century model could be had with an automatic. With Centuries accounting almost half of the roughly 10,000 Daimler Conquests that included Roadster and Drophead Coupe models, the Century was the best selling version of all and an automobile that provided a car-hungry postwar Britain with style, sophistication and tempting performance. Daimler Centuries are not often seen today, and this 1956 Daimler Conquest Century Saloon is a particularly strong example. Righthand drive, it became part of a unique Daimler and Lanchester collection that was moved from Great Britain to North America about 25 years ago. During its time in the UK, the Century had a comprehensive mechanical rebuild and repaint, and has been used sparingly since. It is appropriately finished in black and has chrome hubcaps, chrome trim rings, blackwall tires and Lucas driving lamps. The original green leather interior with split front and full back seats is very well preserved and features a finely crafted and finished wood dash and door trim. The trunk is cavernous, with ample space for picnic hampers, luggage or tools. This solid and pretty classic Daimler is thoroughly usable and ready to be enjoyed.
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