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Churchill’s Daimler to go under the hammer

The 1939 Daimler used by Churchill.

The 1939 Daimler used by Churchill.


COYS return to the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and one of England’s greatest palaces, with a sensational line-up of over 140 cars being offered at auction on Saturday (July 2).

In addition, Coys will host their traditional and prestigious summer Concours d’Elegance of rare and unusual motor cars.

The auction features a wide selection of important and historic cars including a 1939 Daimler DB18 Drophead used by Churchill, a 1973 Rolls Corniche – ex-Tiny Rowland and Sydney Dowse, the 1959 ‘John Bolster’ Morris Mini Minor, the 1978/79 British Touring Car Championship winning Mini 1275GT Clubman saloon driven by Richard Longman, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Style Tourer and a 1924 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre.

The production of the Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupés started in 1939, but was soon halted when war broke out. The factory was demolished during the Blitz of 1940 and only eight of the 23 planned cars were built, five of those eight chassis were destroyed during the attack, leaving only three cars. Chassis 49531 is one of those three cars, and the only surviving example.

Daimler used it over a 10-year period from 1940 to 1950 for special occasions and was notably loaned to Sir Winston Churchill to assist with his political campaigns in 1944 and 1949. The Daimler would be fitted with a load speaker system and Churchill would sit on the rear deck to address the crowds as he was driven through cities. More recently, it has been the subject of a comprehensive €140,000 restoration. The car is estimated at between £230,000 and £260,000.

For Ferrari collectors, 15 examples are going under the hammer, a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT, Coachwork by Scaglietti, Design by Pininfarina (£250,000- £300,000), a 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Coachwork by Pininfarina (£230,000 – £260,000), a 1989 Ferrari Testarossa (£60,000-£70,000) and a 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello (£80,000 – £90,000).

Other important lots include a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Coupe (£240,000 – £295,000), a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT (£475,000 – £525,000), a 1919 Sigma 10 HP Tourer (£15,000 – £18,000), a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 (£280,000 – £325,000), a 1935 Derby Bentley 3.5 Litre Owen Sedanca by Gurney Nutting (£175,000 – £195,000) and a 1990 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary (£370,000 – £390,000).



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