Classic Car Catalogue

Daimler 1949

DB 18 2½-Litre  
DB 18 Sports Special  
DE 27  
DE 36 Straight Eight  
Consort – new model

Great Britain

Daimler 2½-Litre DB 18 Special Sports Coupé, bodied by Barker, was introduced in October 1948. It has a twin-carburettor OHV Six engine with light-alloy cylinder head, producing 85 bhp at 4200 rpm (v. 70 bhp of the standard 2½-Litre). Price is £2560.
Daimler Straight Eight, Model DE36, chassis with Drophead Coupé bodywork by Hooper shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in October/ November 1948, is finished in canary yellow and costs £7000. The 12 ft 3 in wheelbase chassis sold at the basic price of £2025, the coachwork always being produced and fitted by specialist coachbuilders. Daimler Straight Eight has an OHV eight-cylinder in-line 5½-Litre engine with two SU carburettors and an output of 150 bhp at 3600 rpm. It drives the hypoid rear axle through a fluid flywheel with preselector gearbox. Also available in chassis form only is the DE27, a six-cylinder variant with the same bore and stroke (85.1 x 120 mm) and shorter wheelbase (11 ft 6½ in).
The Consort is an updated DB 18 with faired in headlamps and curved grille. Also gets hypoid back axle and hydro mechanical brakes.

Daimler at New York Motor Show.



DB 18 6 cyl. 2522 cc 70 bhp wb: 9ft.6in.
DB 18 Sports Special 6 cyl. 2522 cc 85 bhp wb: 9ft.6in.


DB 18 Sports Special

BD 18 Sports Special by Hooper for King George VI.


Twenty-Seven and
Straight Eight

DE 27 6 cyl. 4095 cc 110 bhp wb: 11ft. 6½in.
DE 36 8 cyl. 5460 cc 150 bhp wb: 12ft.3in.

DE 27

DE 36 dhc by Hooper

Straight Eight by Freestone & Webb

DE 27 Shooting Brake by Hooper



  6 cyl. 2522 cc 70 bhp wb: 9ft.6in. – new model