Classic Car Catalogue

Daimler 1945

DB 18 6 cyl. 2522 cc 70 bhp wb: 9ft.6in. – September

Great Britain

Daimler automotive production during the war consisted mainly of Scout Cars and Armoured Cars. Total production figures were 6626 and 2694 respectively. The Scout Car, popularly known as the Daimler 'Dingo' (after a fast and rugged Australian dog), weighed about three tons. The 55-bhp 2.52-litre OHV engine, located at the rear, drove all four wheels through a fluid flywheel with pre-selective transmission.

A several limousines were ordered for the use of oficials. They were 'new old stock' assembled from parts that survived the Blitz. One 24 HP limousine by Widover was delivered to President Benes of Czechoslovakia.

Pre war DB 18 model was re-launched in September with updated body and uprated engine. Power is from 70 bhp 2522cc engine with improved, high compression head, driving through pre-selector box, and worm drive back axle giving 78 mph. Front suspension is independent but brakes are mechanical. Body options are six light saloon with curved side windows channeled in thin chrome metal frames or drop head, by Barker or Tickford. Doors, boot lid and bonnet panels are made of aluminiun.