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1957 CONQUEST CENTURY Mk2 AUTO

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Damian Mills
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1957 CONQUEST CENTURY Mk2 AUTO

Post by Damian Mills » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:43 pm

Type DJ260, with highly sought after and delightfully smooth Borg Warner DG automatic gearbox.

Nice interior, with a lovely patina. Has the later, more attractive dashboard with darker wood and white on black instruments.

I bought this car through carandclassic.co.uk in October 2018, on the understanding that she was in good running order but wanted some TLC. I was very naive.

The following was done in October 2018. Professional negative earth conversion. New Dynamator (alternator in a dynamo box). Discreet powerful high level LED brake light. 2 new old stock front shock absorbers. 5 new Hankook steel radials. New spark plugs, distributor cap, points and HT leads. All fluids changed (except brake fluid - electronically tested and OK). Everything freshly greased. On request, I will happily provide a comprehensive summary of the work done.

The engine (rebuilt in 2011 at 41,211 miles) was taken out and stripped for rebuilding following failure on a trip to Hungary. Prior to this failure (at 46,949 miles), the car ran smoothly and was a pleasure to drive. The next job would have been the rear shock absorbers.

I am very reluctantly selling this car because it is now apparent that time-consuming work is required on the body and chassis, though the car is definitely no rot box. This work is straightforward, but needs metalworking skills I don’t have and can’t realistically afford to pay for. So, sadly, Delilah must now go to somebody who can put her back into good running order.

The original and valuable 1957 UK registration number - THP 554 - is still on the car. The car comes with a V5C, MoT to 24 September 2019, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, scans of many original Daimler manuals and some service records (1998-2013 and my ownership). Replacement Hella rear lights, a LED-compatible hazard/indicator flasher kit with period dash lamp & switch, some spares and some gear and transmission oils are included in the sale.

The car and I are in Tiszafüred, Hungary. It must be collected from here at the buyer’s expense.

I will answer serious enquiries honestly, as completely as I can. Please, no silly offers from traders.

There is a highly skilled motor engineer in Tiszafüred, who would love to rebuild the engine for a very reasonable price.

I would consider selling the car without the engine and/or gearbox, if that was the buyer's preference. I would also consider part exchange for a 4WD pick-up or possibly a really nice, well sorted Conquest Century Automatic with lots of provenance.

The price is negotiable.

Thanks for reading this.

Damian

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