Classic Car Catalogue

Daimler 1940

Fifteen 2½-litre (DB 18) 16.2 HP 6 cyl. ohv 2522 cc 66 bhp wb: 9ft. 6in.
Light 20 19.3 HP 6 cyl. ohv 2565 cc 62 bhp wb: 9ft. 6in.
Twenty Four 23.8 HP 6 cyl. ohv 3317 cc 75 bhp wb: 10ft. 3in. / 10ft. 4in.
Light Straight 8 25.7 HP 8cyl. ohv 3421 cc 100 bhp wb: 10ft. 3in.
4½-Litre Straight 8   8cyl. ohv 4624 cc 90 bhp wb: 11ft. 10in.
Double Six   V12 cyl. ohv 6511 cc 142 bhp wb: 13ft. 1in.
Scout Car   6 cyl. ohv 2522 cc 70 bhp  

Great Britain

Ratford works on the morning of 15th November Luftwaffe air raid.

Civilan production stopped.
Straight-Eight Limousine with Lanchester radiator delivered to the King Geroge VI.

The basis of the Daimler Scout is a punt-type armoured steel hull with deep channel-section sides and inclined ends; at the rear end of the frame is the 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine, basically the same as that of the 1939 open rally car but incorporating dry-sump lubrication, a special three-stage Solex carburettor capable of maintaining constant petrol level at any angle, and a high-compression cast-iron cylinder head with inclined valves which develops over 70 bhp on the wartime 'MT80' petrol.
A new design of fluid flywheel which minimize slip at low speeds is used in conjunction with an epicyclic gearbox driving through a transfer box set across the hull; short propeller shafts linked to spiral bevel gear units within the side channels drive the four independently-sprung wheels through Tracta constant velocity joints. The transfer box enables five speeds forward and backwards and, acting as the differential between the opposite pairs of wheels, eliminates 'diagonal wheelspin'. This give the driver of the Scout ability to reverse direction instantly, even when travelling at speeds of 35 mph, by simply preselecting reverse and dipping the gear-engaging pedal.

Three German bombing raids in August, October and November severely damaged the factory.

Scout Car