In 1896, H.J. Lawson purchased the rights to use the Daimler name from Gottlieb Daimler and began to produce automobiles by 1897, making the Daimler Motor Company the oldest automaker in the UK. This had created some confusion as Daimler-Benz continued to use the same name independently in Germany. Daimler Motors had a bit of a tumultuous history. It passed through the hands of Birmingham Small Arms (of the BSA motorcycle fame) where it was a subsidiary of Lanchester, was then sold to Jaguar, before becoming a subsidiary of BMC, British Leyland and Ford Motor Company before being sold off to Tata with Jaguar in 2008. Daimler vehicles were always known for their elegance and were the preferred transport for the British Royal Family until being surpassed by Rolls Royce in the 1950’s.
The Daimler Conquest was first sold in 1953 as a mid-range, more affordable Daimler. It was based upon the mechanicals of the Lanchester Fourteen and even shared the Lanchester’s basic body design, but wore the Daimler radiator grille. It featured a cast iron 2.4L inline six, Girling hydro-mechanical brakes and a Wilson Pre-selector gearbox. Conquest Century models featured a revised alloy cylinder head
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Jun 10, 2016