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1938 DAIMLER E20 - £21,995 OVNO

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This 1938 Daimler E20 with Daimler Coachwork, was purchased in 1984 in the UK by the current Dutch owner who drove it occasionally for many years. Around 2000 the same owner started the detailed restoration, which was finalized in 2009. The engine was completely rebuild (incl new pistons and cylinders) including all other mechanical parts of the car (axles, bearings etc). The coach and chassis had a detailed restoration, incl partly new timber and lower fender parts. It is equipped with the original sliding roof, Pre-Selector Gearbox, Girling Servo. Besides Dutch registration, the car also still has the Original UK Title: EOH 71.

Daimler E20 history:
E20s were made in three series from 1935 to 1939 but with the records having been destroyed in the blitz, there are few details. The E20s were concurrent with other models.The E20 chassis was lengthened for the 20 Limousine and fitted with a 24hp engine. This became the EL24 and the E20 became the Twenty. At the same time was the LQ3 which was also a limousine. Now also in 1938 the DB series (Daimler Barker) arrived with the DB17/1, then DB17/2 and with a larger engine, the DB18/1 which lasted until after the war. So the E20 with a head fixed to the block, 18 wire wheels and running boards sold beside the DBs with a separate head and pressed steel wheels.
It offered the choice of coachbuilt Saloon, Sports Saloon, Fixed Head Coupe and Drop Head Coupe bodies on a notably stiff box section chassis that featured integral lubrication and jacking systems. The model was powered by an OHV straight-six engine of 2565cc with output of 19.3HP - sufficient for a top speed of almost 70mph. This was mated to a four-speed pre-selector gearbox via Daimler`s patented fluid flywheel. Suspension was by semi-elliptic springs and beam axles all round and braking by Girling servo-assisted drums.
Until 1950 Daimler was the only car supplier to the Royal Family and many E20s were sent as consulate cars to the colonies.
The total production of E20s was some 873, of which around 35 are known to have survived, making it a rare car today.

Recent auction result of a similar E20 was GPB 23,887.

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: DIY1005925