The Daimler Regency was a luxury car made in Coventry by the British Daimler Motor Company between 1951 and 1956. Announced at the October 1951 Motor Show, it was a 3-litre derivative of the 2½-litre DB18 Consort.
The car was made in two versions, the Regency and the Regency II. The Empress, bodied by Hooper, was the super-luxury version. Only 52 examples of the Regency I were made before production stopped in early 1953.
The revised II model came out in October 1954, slightly longer and lower and it could be supplied with a 4.6-litre engine. It was little more successfuI and was superseded in late 1955 by the One-O-Four model which was again little more than a variant with a more powerful engine.
Engine and transmission
The range was launched with a six-cylinder 3-litre (2952 cc) 90 bhp engine. This was supplemented in 1952 by an enlarged 3468 cc version. The Regency II had a choice of the 3468 cc or larger 4617 cc six. All these engines were based on the same basic design seen previously as a four-cylinder in the Lanchester 14.
A pre-selector 4-speed gearbox was fitted coupled to the engine by Fluid Flywheel.
Chassis, and running gear
The chassis was made of box section steel and was cruciform braced going over the rear axle. The suspension was independent at the front using coil springs but retained traditional leaf springs and live axle at the rear.
Automatic chassis lubrication was fitted.
The brakes on the Regency were a Girling hydro-mechanical hybrid but this changed to fully hydraulic set up on the Regency II
Worm and double roller steering was used.
The standard body for the Regency was a four-door, six-light (3 windows down each side) saloon made by Barker, who were Daimler owned. In 1952 it was joined by a convertible and the Empress II with razor-edge styling by Hooper. Only a small number of convertible Regency Barker Special Sports were made, perhaps three. They were externally distinguished by having front-hinged doors, not the "suicide doors" of the smaller-engined version.
The bodywork on the Regency II was stylistically very similar to the earlier car but with a longer tail allowing a larger boot. Again there was a Hooper version, the Empress IIa and III but now also the Sportsman four-light saloon with coachwork by H J Mulliner. See the pictures under External Links.
The British Motor magazine tested a 3468 cc Regency II saloon in 1955 recording a top speed of 82.8 mph (133.3 km/h) and acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 22.7 seconds and a fuel consumption of 15.7 miles per imperial gallon (18.0 L/100 km; 13.1 mpg-US). The test car cost £2324 including taxes.