Daimler and Lanchester - 110 years of heritage
No other marque can cover as many years as Daimler - 1897 to 2007. In Lanchester, no other marque put into practice engineering innovations decades ahead of their time. Both truly remarkable marques.
Here are the major model milestones and most are supported by model specialists who can be contacted through the model pages below.
Veteran & Edwardian
Daimler and Lanchester were world pioneers in motor car production in the 1890s and 1900s. Both marques completed quite astonishing feats including 1,000 mile endurance trials.
1946 - 1951
THe Lanchester Ten, also known as the LD10, was presented as a compact companion model to the Daimler range, being "craftsman built" and among the smallest ever volume-produced cars from the company.
DAIMLER Regency, Sportsman and 104 models
1953 - 1959
Filling a niche in the 1950s for stylish and sporty saloons prior to the introduction of the Majestic, these models span a number of chassis and engines.
1959 - 1964
When introduced, the thrilling performance of this 2½ litre V8 engined sports car shook the old school manufacturers. They now are now highly regarded and have an exceptionally loyal following.
DAIMLER Sleeve Valve models
1909 - 1929
Daimler licenced and then further developed the American Knight engines for their cars adopting them because of their superior silent running and power. The span of models was immense.
LANCHESTER 'New' Eighteen
1934-1939 Total built 901
Chassis ranges: 12291 - 13624
The Lanchester "New" Eighteen was introduced as a replacement for Lanchester's existing 18hp model and was well-received by the motoring press.
The last of the premium pre-war cars.
DAIMLER DB18 models
1938 - 1953
Developed from the 15, this 2½ litre chassis became the company's biggest success and was available in saloon, drop-head, Special Sports and Empress body styles.
DAIMLER post-war Large Saloons DE27, DH27, DE36
1946 - 1953
Favoured by King George and Royalty the world over, these massive and luxurious cars were produced in relatively small numbers.
DAIMLER Majestic range
1958 - 1968
Originally a 3 litre six, but with the introduction of the 4½ litre V8 engine this was a very special and fast motor car. Better than any Jaguar of the day.
DAIMLER 2½ Litre and V8 250 Saloons
1962 - 1969
Matching the 2½ litre V8 engine from the SP250 into the Jaguar Mark 2 saloon body mated to an automatic gearbox car was a stroke of genius and produced a car as smooth as silk. Very popular today.
DAIMLER 'XJ' Ranges
1968 - 2009
Daimler became the luxurious and ultra-equipped versions of their Jaguar stable mates. Easily distinguished by the fluted grill and under-stated styling, Daimlers remain popular with governments throughout the world.
The best selling Daimler of the 1930s and still very popular today. A six cylinder 2 litre engine coupled through a fluid flywheel to the Wilson pre-select gearbox made it exceptionally easy to drive.
DAIMLER Light Twenty/Twenty
1935-1939 Total built 877
Chassis ranges: 41050 - 47749
Building on the success of the recently introduced Lanchester "Eighteen" model, the Daimler "Light Twenty" was advertised in July of 1935 and was largely based on the Lanchester Eighteen with the exception of having a 2,565c.c.(19.3 R.A.C. HP) engine.
DAIMLER Special Sports
1948 - 1952
Based on the DB18 chassis with an uprated engine, the Special Sports was announced at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. Expensive but supremely comfortable and capable of touring over long distances at high speed.
DAIMLER Military Vehicles
1941 - 1970
Designed by BSA and built by Daimler and initially using their 2½ litre six engine, these lightly armoured cars saw active service in WW2 and conflicts into the 1970s.