Tag Archives: Hooper & Company

Riding in Style

by Vicki Humphrey on 19 February, 2014

Chris van Schaardenburgh (left) and Stuart Wilkinson (right) with the Daimler de 36 at Coventry Transport Museum.

On the 13th February, I had the good fortune to visit the Coventry Transport Museum to see the Daimler de36 Landaulette in their collection. Many thanks to Stuart Wilkinson, the Chairman of the Transport for organising the visit, driving me there and accompanying me throughout the visit. As usual with the vehicle community, he was really generous with time and information and has continued to chase up Daimler related things for us. Thanks also to Peter Grant for putting me in touch with Stuart. This really is a car community effort.

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Discoveries from the trial lift

by Vicki Humphrey on 8 September, 2012

We had a successful trial lift of the body off the chassis of the Daimler. All so well planned and well executed that it looked easy. Thanks team! But an enormous amount of preparation was involved.

When the Daimler was built, the coach work was basically added onto the chassis and then the upholstery and the special fittings – fit for a Royal – were put in place.

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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?