The ancestry of today’s featured 1950 Daimler Consort can be traced back to Daimler New Fifteen first seen in 1937 which was powered by a 2166 cc / 132 cui six cylinder pushrod motor with overhead valves.
In 1939 the engine was enlarged to 2,522 cc / 153 cui and the model was renamed Daimler Eighteen, also known as the DB/18. The ’39/’45 war interrupted production but the 2.5 litre motor along Daimler Fluid Flywheel and Wilson pre selector box were used as part of the drive train for the Daimler “Dingo” Scout Car built during the hostilities.
With the cessation of hostilities production of the Daimler Eighteen resumed and in 1948 an upgraded version with wing integrated head lights and hydraulic front brakes was introduced as the Daimler Consort which was aimed primarily at the US market.
A further upgrade in 1950 saw improved ground clearance thanks to the replacement of the hitherto worm drive to the rear axle with a more conventional hypoid bevel drive to the rear wheels. In keeping with a car of this weight the car has built in jacking to facilitate the replacement of the wheels in the event of a puncture.
The car seen here at last years Classic at the Castle in Sherbourne has only clocked up 46,000 miles, and is absolutely standard apart from additional repeating indicator lights which were not available in 1950. 4250 Consorts were built from 1948 to 1953.
Thanks for joining me on this “Built In Jacking” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now.