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December 1903.
The first car built by Daimler at Coventry. Published in 1906.
1906 Q4. 28hp with body by Mulliner.
July 1897. Evelyn Ellis at the top of Malvern Beacon.
November 1898.
c1898. Two-cylinder. 4hp four-seater. Reg No: J 685. Photo at the 2012 LBVCR.
May 1898.
1899. Exhibit at the Hull Street Life Museum.
1899. Light Daimler Car.
July 1900. Daimler racing car.
February 1902. Awarded Royal Warrant.
January 1903.
February 1903. The King's new Daimler car.
February 1903.
February 1903. Daimler 8 h.p. and Foden steam lorry.
1904. Frame and motor of the 18-22 hp car.
1904. The car of the Prince of Wales.
February 1904. 18-22 h.p. chassis.
July 1906.
November 1904.
February 1905.
February 1905.
February 1905.
February 1905. 28 h.p.
1905 Daimler. Exhibit at Haynes Motor Museum .
1906. English Daimler 'Clifton' Phaeton.
1906. Chassis.
1906. Chassis.
1906. Daimler 30-40 h.p. 'Windsor' Phaeton.
1906 Q4. 30hp.
1906 Q4. 30hp.
1906 Q4. 30hp.
Published in 1906.
December 1906. 30-40 h.p.
November 1906.
November 1906.
February 1907.
March 1907.
March 1907.
April 1907.
April 1907.
April 1907. 28 h.p. car supplied to Sir Walter Runciman.
April 1907.
April 1907.
November 1907.
November 1907.
November 1907. Four-cylinder chassis.
July 1908.
September 1908.
November 1908. Silent Knight engine.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908. 57 h.p. engine.
November 1908. 57 h.p. chassis.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
November 1908.
1909. New Daimler.
June 1909.
November 1909.
November 1909.
1910. 38hp. Exhibit at National Motor Museum, Australia.
July 1910.
July 1910.
March 1911. 'Lashborough' Limousine.
March 1911. 'Dalecote' Laudaulette.
March 1911. 'Clovelly' Limousine.
March 1911. 'Belmont' Phaeton.
December 1911. Advert in French.
1911 Daimler 20-hp Open drive laudaulette. Exhibit at World of Country Life
1912. Daimler Coupe-Chauffer TE 20. Four-cylinders. Exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, Mulhouse.
1912. Daimler Coupe-Chauffer TE 20. Four-cylinders. Exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, Mulhouse.
1912. Daimler Coupe-Chauffer TE 20. Four-cylinders. Exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, Mulhouse.
February 1914.
March 1916.
January 1920.
June 1923.
1930. Daimler Type P3 35/120 5.8 Litre Limoousine. Coachwork by Maythorn and Son. Reg No: DF 9400.
October 1931.
October 1931. Mann, Egerton and Co body on a Daimler 20-25 hp chassis.
March 1932.
1935. Daimler 15. Reg No: AVC 846.
1935. Daimler 15. Reg No: AVC 846.
April 1935.
May 1935.
October 1936.
October 1936.
December 1938.
1938. Daimler EL 24. Exhibit at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum.
January 1939.
December 1928.
Reg No: AVC 846.
October 1949.
October 1949.
October 1949.
October 1951.
1954. Daimler Limousine DF 302. 6-cylinders. Exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, Mulhouse.
Reg No: DAF 265.
Reg No: ROE 581.
October 1952.
1956. Conquest Century and One-O-Four.
1956. New Drop Head Coupe. Reg No: TGW 532.
1956. New Drop Head Coupe. Reg No: TGW 532.
1956. New Drop Head Coupe. Reg No: TGW 532.
1959. Hooper Body on the 2.5litre V-8 Chasis.
Reg No: 656 BBO.
Reg No: 2600 FN.
1967. Daimler DR 450. Exhibit at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum.
1972. Exhibit at Myreton Motor Museum.
Reg No: MCJ 909.
Reg No: MCJ 909.
Reg No: 1922 FD.
Reg No: TML 839F.
Reg No: KG 929.
Reg No: KG 929.
Reg No: VBP 908F.
Reg No: 3132 JN.
Reg No: 3132 JN.

Note: This is a sub-section of Daimler

1896 Frederick Simms and Harry Lawson moved into car production in the city of Coventry as the "Daimler Motor Company". On January 14th the company was registered and imported vehicles until the Coventry factory could start production. Frederick Simms was appointed consulting engineer with James S. Critchley as Works Manager.[1]

1896. Daimler of 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, and of Coventry showed several cars at the 1896 Motor Show. [2]

1896. Issued their first catalogue but only listed Panhard and Peugeot cars and nothing made in Coventry.

1897. At the 1897 Stanley Cycle Show they exhibited the Marseilles phaeton which had the novelty of a hood.

1897 Summer. The first car purchased by anyone unconnected with the motor trade when a car was delivered to Major Montgomery of Winchester.

1897. July. Evelyn Ellis and J. S. Critchley take a car to the top of Malvern beacon.

1897. October. Henry Sturmey and mechanic ?. Ashley set off from John o'Groats to Land's End on 2nd October and completed the 939 miles in 93.5 hours. The car was a 4 h.p. Daimler.

1898. The premises were known as the 'Motor Mills' and housed in addition to Daimler, the Great Horseless Carriage Co, the Beeston Pneumatic Tyre Co., the Humber Cycle Company and the British Motor Syndicate.[3]

1898. March. Issued a catalogue showing products actually made by the company. All models used the same 4 h.p. engine but with different bodies named Rougemont, Siamese, Wyley, Grafton, Universal and the Jaunting car.

1898. Built a four-cylinder 8 h.p. engine and the first of these was sold to Boverton Redwood - possibly the first four-cylinder car made in the UK.

1899 February. Article on a new model.[4]

1899. Took part in trials at the 1899 Motor Show (Richmond) and were awarded gold medals

1899. A 6 h.p. Daimler car owned by the company turned over in the Harrow Road (Grove Hill), London and killed the driver named Edwin Sewell and a James Richer. Damages of £655 were awarded against the company.

1900. The licence granted to the Daimler Motor Company included the right to use the Daimler name in Great Britain. Gottlieb Daimler died in 1900, having sold licences to use the Daimler name in a number of countries. Emil Jellinek had legal problems selling German Daimlers in France and put it to Daimler Germany that he would put in a large order if they would make a car to order for him bearing his daughter's name. These cars proved enormously popular. Daimler Germany now realised the problem of having sold licences to use the Daimler name, and to avoid any further confusion and licensing troubles, the name Mercedes was adopted for all the cars built by Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft itself, in 1902, while the name Daimler was last used for a German built car in 1908.

1900. Description of the car in the AA 1,000 mile trial in 'The Engineer'. [5]

1900. Illustration and article on the '1900 Pattern' car. [6]

1900. Paris Exhibition. Showed its 'well-known' vehicles. [7]

1901 March. Details of the new 20-hp car.[8]

1901. November. New 22 h.p. model made its first appearance.

1902 January. Details of the 22-hp light car.[9]

1902 March. Details of Oliver Stanton's 'Le Chat Noir' 24-hp car.[10]

1902 July. Detailed review of their cars.[11][12]

1904 March. Details of their cars.[13]

1904. Company making 7, 16-20, 18-22, 28-36 h.p. models with the last two available in two types.

1904 July. Details of the 28-hp car.[14][15]

1905 February. Details of their 1905 models - 28-36 hp.[16][17][18]

1905 November. Details of their 28hp, 30hp and 35hp cars.[19]

1905. Produced 28-36 h.p., 30-40 h.p. and 35-45 h.p models. [20]

1906. See Daimler: 1906 Some Purchasers

1906 June. Details of the 45-hp car.[21]

1907 November. Details of their new 1908 models including 30-hp and 42-hp models.[22][23]

1907. The fluted radiator grille has been the Daimler marque's distinguishing feature. The company acquired a Knight Engine licence in 1908 to build sleeve valve engines for its automobiles.

1908 September. Details of their new engine.[24][25]

1908 October. Article on the Silent Knight engine by C. Y. Knight.[26]

1908 November. Details of the 15-hp, 15-20-hp, 38-hp, 57-hp cars shown at Olympia.[27]

1908 November. Detail criticism of the new Daimler engine by the Royal Automobile Club.[28]

1909 February. Report on a week with the 38-hp car.[29]

1909 October. Details of the cars. 15-hp 22-hp, 33-hp, 38-hp and 57-hp.[30]

1910 September. Details of the new 12-hp car for 1911.[31]

1911 October. The range for 1912 is seven models: 15hp (4); 23hp (6); two new models with the 90 x 130 engine; 20hp (4); 38hp (6); and the 38hp (4).[32]

1911. Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited a 36 hp general purpose machine. [33]

1912 October. Details of the 15hp (4), 23hp (6), 26hp (replaces the 25hp), 30hp (6), 38hp (4).[34]

1912 November. Details of the new 38hp six-cylinder car.[35]

1913 March. Details of the seven-jet carburettor.[36]

1913-1917. For a list of the models and prices of Cars see the 1917 Red Book

1913-1917. For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motors see the 1917 Red Book

1913. April. Advert in Autocar. Testimonial to 50,000 trouble free miles. [37]

1913 October. Details of the four models for next year: 20-hp (4), 30-hp (4), 30-hp (6), and 45-hp (6).[38]

1914. Manufacturers of motor cars. Specialities: motors, motor cars, commercial vehicles, road trains, etc. Employees 5,000. [39]

1914. In addition to cars, Daimler produced engines for the very first tanks ever built in 1914 ("Little Willie" and "Big Willie"), a scout army vehicle, engines used in aeroplanes, ambulances, trucks, and double-decker buses. In late 1920s, it, together with AEC, formed the Associated Daimler Co to build commercial vehicles.

1914 October. Details of the three models: Special 100 x 130mm six-cylinder; 90 x 130mm six-cylinder; 90 x 130mm four-cylinder. All Knight sleeve-valve.[40]

1919. Produced 'Light' and 'Standard' versions of the 30-hp and a 'Special' 45-hp model.

1920. October. Exhibited at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with with a tipping lorry of 2 tons. [41]

1920. November. Exhibited at the Motor Car Show at Olympia and the White City with 30 and 45 hp cars. Four-speed gearboxes and worm final drive are used. [42]

1923. Launched the 12 h.p. six-cylinder car.

1924. Introduced the new 35 h.p. model with brakes on all four wheels

1926. Introduced a twelve-cylinder engined car of 7,136cc.

1927. A smaller 'double-six' of 3,744cc was introduced

1930/1 Daimler, through BSA, took over Lanchester Motor Co, which had the distinction of having been the maker of Britain's first production car.

WWII During World War II, Daimler production was geared to military vehicles. After that war, Daimler produced the Ferret armoured car, a military reconnaissance vehicle, which has been used by over 36 countries.

c.1939 Barker and Co (Coachbuilders), and Hooper and Co became part of the Daimler Group

Daimler was a proponent of the pre-selector gearbox. This was used in passenger vehicles and military vehicles.

1951 Jack Sangster had sold Ariel and Triumph to BSA, and joined their board. The Docker Daimler era was soon to end.

1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.

1952 The first was the "Golden Daimler", an opulent touring limousine, in 1952, "Blue Clover, a two door sportsman's coupe.

1953 The "Silver Flash" based on the 3 litre Regency chassis.

1954 "Stardust", redolent of the "Gold Car", but based on the DK400 chassis.

1956 Sangster was voted in as the new Chairman, defeating Sir Bernard 6 to 3, and he promptly made Edward Turner head of the automotive division. This then included Ariel, Triumph, and BSA motorcycles, as well as Daimler and Carbodies (London Taxicab manufacturers). Turner then designed the Daimler SP250 and Majestic Major, with lightweight hemi head Daimler 2.5 & 4.5 Litre V8 Engines. Under Sangster Daimler's vehicles became a little more performance oriented.

Daimler struggled after the War, producing too many models with short runs and limited production, and frequently selling too few of each model, while Jaguar seemed to know what the public wanted and expanded rapidly.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Showed 2.5 Litre V8 Saloon, 4.5 Litre Majestic Major, 8-Seater Limousine and 2.5 Litre SP250 Sports Car. [43]

2006 Production is limited to only one model, the Daimler Super Eight.

Early Registrations

List of Models

  • Daimler: Sovereign 1966-69 - (5,700 produced)
  • DS420 Limousine 1968-92
  • Sovereign (XJ6-type S1 and S11 1969-79
  • Double Six S1 and S11 1972-79
  • Sovereign Coupe/Double Six Coupe 1975-77
  • Sovereign S111 1979-87
  • Double Six S111 1979-92

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