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.
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