The car in question is a stunning Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe with a body built by the British coachworks Carlton Carriage, and is expected to sell for in between £200,000 and £250,000 ($320,000 to $403,000) when it hits the auctioneer's block on December 4th. In our eyes, we must admit this seams very cheap, as the car is one of eight DB18 Drophead Coupes built.
Originally, 23 were to be delivered in 1939, but the start of the Second World War put a stop to production. The German bombing during the Blitz saw a further four completely destroyed and a fifth so badly damaged that it had to be scrapped. What’s more, the luxury coupe has a number of rich owners from Germany, the UK as well a Prince of Iran.
The car was capable of a top speed of 76 mph (122 km/h) and could reach 50 (80km/h) in 17.9 seconds. The car is fitted with a manual gearbox coupled with a four-speed Wilson Pre-selector. Well known restorer E. Thiesen of Hamburg has gone through the painstaking process of bringing the car to its original luster, the procedure costing a hefty €140,000 ($195,000).
Finished in a combination of Stately Silver and black, the exterior is very striking with its large chrome details and cabriolet hood. The interior features rare woods and green bench seats. If you can’t afford to buy this rare piece of history but want to see it with your own eyes, you will be glad to know it is on display at the Brooklands Museum until its auction date.