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1948-1953 DAIMLER DB18 Sports Special specifications


With the DB18 saloons and convertibles representing the sportier side of Daimler, the 1948 Sports Special version of the type was a step closer to the wild side. Twin carburettors helped squeeze 85bhp from the 2522cc six-cylinder engine. Barker were responsible for most of the bodies and its design featured a rear passenger seat facing sideways, thus making the car a three-seater. Hooper weighed in with the heavier ‘Empress’ saloon style, although alloy-on-ash construction for both machines helped keep performance up.

Production

  • Production:
    608
  • Price at launch:
    £2,560
  • Price (excellent)
    £20,000
  • Price (good):
    £16,500
  • Price (average):
    £9,000
  • Price (project):
    £4,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    23.3secs
  • Top speed:
    84.0mph
  • Power:
    85.0bhp
  • Torque:
    117.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, leaf springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4572mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2896mm
  • Width:
    1638mm
  • Weight:
    1650kgs

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