A Royal commission

by Laura Breen on 2 March, 2012

A hand-drawn original plan for a 1948 Daimler DE 36hp landaulette.

A little while ago, the Museum was lucky to acquire some archival material which sheds some more light on our Daimler’s early years.  Thanks to a vigilant enthusiast who alerted me when it came on the market last year, we were able to get hold of the original file created by London coachbuilders Hooper and Company when they were building our Daimler in 1948. Even at first glance when the files landed on my desk, my suspicions were confirmed – creating such a masterpiece was no mean feat.

The original technical drawing for our Daimler, created by Hooper and Co. in 1948. You can see the King’s modifications to the landau and rear side window in red ink (Photo: Laura Breen)

Have any other vintage car owners found the original technical drawings useful in deciding how to approach conservation treatment?

4 thoughts on “A Royal commission

  1. Fem

    What an amazing find! I’m interested to know if these files will be used as a working reference, or if they will become part of the collection? Thanks for the insights.

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  2. KG

    Wow, how awesome to be able to say that the King had a hand in its design!! The archival material seems like it will be a great asset to the collection.

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  3. Laura Breen Post author

    Hi Fem

    Thanks for your interest in the Daimler. Yes, all the relevant file pages and drawings have been copied for our Conservation team to refer to when undertaking work on the car. The original files are now part of our NMA Archive Collection, where they’ll be safely preserved for future research.

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