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Oneof-a-kind Daimler used by Churchill set to fetch PS250,000.

Byline: Antonia Bannister News Reporter

A ONE-OF-A-KIND Daimler that was used by Winston Churchill during two of his political campaigns is being auctioned today.

The Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe will star in Coy's auction of historic motorcars at the Blenheim Palace auction in Woodstock, near Oxford. Coys have estimated its value as being between PS230,000 and PS260,000. It is the only surviving example of the iconic two-toned black over silver car, which was built in Coventry in 1939.

Daimler had planned to build 23 DB18 Drophead Coupes, but the outbreak of World War One ceased production.

Only eight were ever built with five of the chassis being destroyed when the factory was bombed during the 1940 Blitz. This is now the only surviving example of the three cars that were not destroyed.

Due to its rarity, it was used for ten years by Daimler for special occasions. It was loaned to Churchill during his political campaigns in 1944 and 1949. According to the auction guide: "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 various cities. "The DB18 was deemed appropriate as the relatively compact size of the car ensured crowds could have a good view of their national hero."

In recent years, the car underwent a [euro]140,000 restoration in Hamburg by Eberhard Thiesen. It's art-deco inspire green, leather interior was restored to its original state.

Auctioneers Coys said: "Let us not underestimate the importance of the car presented here.

"This is the only surviving pre-war Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe. This very car enjoyed a role in shaping modern Britain.

"Presented in stunning condition, what a hugely rewarding prospect for the next custodian."

The car will feature alongside 140 other cars, including the Jaguar Legend Collection, in the auction at Churchill's birthplace.


| The last surviving original 1939 Daimler DS18 Drophead Coupe. Left used by Winston Churchill

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Date:Jul 2, 2016
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