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c.1956 Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. D87650

'With the power-operated hood folded away you have a fast open tourer that just laps up the miles. In seconds, when required, the hood comes up to the elegant "de ville" position; and a further simple adjustment gives you a snug closed car with the warmth and comfort of a saloon.' – The Daimler Company Limited, extolling the virtues of the Conquest Century Drophead Coupé

Small by Daimler standards, the Conquest was, according to The Autocar, 'designed to cater for the driver who requires a vehicle of high quality and detail finish, coupled with a good performance, but does not want a large or heavy car.' The medium-sized Conquest debuted at the 1953 Motor Show featuring a new 2.4-litre, overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine coupled to the familiar Daimler fluid flywheel and pre-selector gearbox, and retained a separate chassis incorporating independent front suspension and Girling hydro-mechanical brakes. Announced the following year and equipped with an improved, 100bhp engine incorporating an aluminium-alloy cylinder head and twin carburettors, the Conquest Century version was good for around 90mph.

One of an estimated 234 Conquest Century drophead coupés made, this example was purchased by the current owner in 2009. The car benefits from re-upholstered leather seats and is described as in generally good condition, running and driving, though we are advised that the soft-top and rear suspension need to be overhauled. Sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.

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