Category Archives: Significance

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?

Why Daimler?

by Laura Breen on 23 February, 2012

Man looking into a Daimler bodyIn contrast to the anonymous black 4WD used to whisk the Queen around Australia during her most recent visit, this unwieldy and attention-grabbing Daimler must seem rather a curious choice of royal transport. I can’t be sure why the Australian government of 1948 elected to go to the enormous expense and hassle of commissioning English cars to be shipped halfway across the world but I suspect it was intended as a strong gesture of imperial loyalty to British industry.

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