[DaimLan] Daimler limosine DG450


(mcdoc) #1

Does a DG 450 have any value, it would need a complete
restore but has little to no rust (so-cal)
Are parts available in GB??

Any and all info on the matter is
appreciated. Thanks Anders–
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(Roger Holmes, Microspot) #2

Hi Anders,

I have had a quick look through the bible of Daimler cars (Daimler Days) and not found a DG chassis designation though it probably existed because the chassis designations DA through DS were used.

Are your sure it was not a DR or DQ? These were made with the 4.5 litre V8 and were called the Majestic Major and so the 450 fits in with the 2.5 litre designation of SP250 and V8-250.

Daimler might have skipped the DG code to avoid confusion with the Borg Warner DG gearbox.

If it really is a DG then my guess is the cars (and hence the parts) are rare, so whilst very worthy of restoration, it would be very very difficult to source the required parts even in the UK.

Roger Holmes
Daimler V8-250 and Daimler X308 Super V8On 24 Mar 2015, at 04:17, mcdoc philantropicmotors@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Does a DG 450 have any value, it would need a complete
restore but has little to no rust (so-cal)
Are parts available in GB??

Any and all info on the matter is
appreciated. Thanks Anders

mcdoc
riverside/ca, United States

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(Craig Tiano) #3

At 12:17 AM 3/24/2015, you wrote:

Does a DG 450 have any value, it would need a complete
restore but has little to no rust (so-cal)
Are parts available in GB??

I assume you’re asking about the DR 450, not a DG 450? Based upon
Daimler nomenclature, the DG would have been produced prior to the
DK400 and after the DE36, in 1954 or 1955. However, there was no car
of that name produced for the public. While it’s possible you have a
Docker Daimler show car that was specially designated as a DG, it’s unlikely.

The DR450 is rather un-loved in the collector car world. It’s not
that it was a bad car. It was actually a very good car. But, like
anything made by Daimler pre-1968, it is an expensive car to
maintain, built with now unobtainable parts. The styling is very much
Daimler. A long impressive front end, and a “functional” attitude
towards rear end styling (i.e., useful, but not graceful or even
moderately pretty). There was a time when you’d see them advertised
in the Driving Member (Daimler club newsletter) for free, or nearly
free. That time has passed. Those few cars that are left are at both
ends of the spectrum. At the highest end are a few very well done
show quality cars, worth quite a lot (but to a rarified audience). At
the low end, there are many cars that are either restoration
candidates or parts cars. There are few “drivers” out there, so value
is unestablished for the entire middle of the range. As I stated,
some parts may be unobtainable. You may have to look long and hard to
find others. Some parts are shared with other makes and are more
easily obtained. So, it really comes down to the particular car and
its needs to determine if it’s really a “restoration candidate” or a
“rat rod candidate”. At this time, anything made of metal has value.
Whether this car would be worth the investment to purchase at some
unknown price and restore at some unknown level is, well, unknown.

Craig
DS420’s

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(HowardR) #4

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Hello,
Could you post some photographs?–
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(christopher storey) #5

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As others have said, it will be a Majestic Major . If it is a
saloon ( one front side window, one rear side window ) it
will be a DQ ( and this is most likely to be mistaken for DG
). If it is a limousine, it will have an extra rear side
window, and these are designated DR–
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(mcdoc) #6

In reply to a message from christopher storey sent Tue 24 Mar 2015:

Thank you gentlemen, I was mistaken and it is indeed a
DR450, I will try to post some pics.–
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(mcdoc) #7

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I posted a picture, titled DR450 in so-cal.–
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(JuanCarlos) #8

In reply to a message from mcdoc sent Mon 23 Mar 2015:

I know where I think there is one in black if it’s still
there. If you are still interested, we can discuss it. It
was the first one I had ever seen with microphone in the
back seat area for passengers to talk with the driver. It
wasn’t as rough as the pic you posted and is located in
Tucson in a fellows yard - if it’s still there. That was 6
years ago now.
John–
John Schmincke / 88 XJS Coupe w/5.3
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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