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The Daimler 2½ litre or DB18 - Saloon, Special Sports, Consort and Empress

The Daimler 2 ½ litre or Daimler DB18 is a car produced by Daimler from 1939 to 1953. It is a 2½-litre version of the preceding 2.2-litre New Fifteen introduced in 1937. The model was introduced before the start of the World War II and was advertised to customers from November 1938 as a six-cylinder chassis on which various coach builders offered a range of bodies including drop-head coupes, a stylish Ritz saloon model and the exclusive Dolphin.


Production was suspended during the wartime during which the company was compelled to concentrated on the manufacture of military vehicles. Therefore, most DB18s were produced after 1945.

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DB17-1 Alain Lemmens Belgium

​DB17 1&2 

Pre-War Saloon and Ritz 

Chassis Numbers:

DB17-1 (44500-45499)   

DB17-2 (48550-)


DB18-2 Drop Head Coupe, Tony Hedge, UK


Post-War Drop Head Coupe

Chassis Numbers:

As saloon

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DB18 Special Sports, Kevin Bennett, UK

DB18 Special Sports

Chassis numbers

53750-53999; 56136-56188        
56700-56774; 59010 to 59239

DB18 Ritz (Dennis Mynard)

DB18-1 Ritz Dennis Mynard, UK


Pre-War Saloon, Drop Head Coupe and Ritz 

Chassis Numbers:


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DB18 Consort, Daimler Publicity Photograph

DB18 Consort

Chassis Numbers:

55000-55999;  56200-56699;

57010-59009;  59240-59989

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DB18-2 Saloon Subbaiah Kuppanda, Bangalore


Post-War Saloon and Ritz 

Chassis Numbers:

50013-50031; 50040-51039;
51800-52799;  53000-53749;
54500-54949;  56000-56135

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DB18 Empress, Peter Towns, Australia

DB18 Empress

Chassis Numbers:

As Consort

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