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Hooper Daimlers

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by Christopher Storey » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:04 am

Fossil wrote: โ†‘
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:19 pm


The really interesting thing about the Dockers and their tastes and lifestyle is that, unfortunately for them and for Daimler they were at least 60 years ahead of their time. Extravagant cars, yachts and destinations are still the norm for the really rich, of whom there are many more than immediately after WW II, but they paved that way. It is ironic that some of the things, such as the cars, associated with them are still regarded with suspicion if not derision in the UK, while their equivalents now - the high-end products of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and many other producers of luxury goods - are mostly admired for their quality. There is a disconnect in attitudes which is regrettable.

Geoff
I agree that there is a certain market for vulgarity amongst what are today known as "celebrities" , but real money seems to regard modern RR products as irredeemably vulgar, and Bentley although arguably slightly less tasteless are not far behind. The last Bentley that seemed to have appeal was the Continental R of 1992-2004 or thereabouts, and even one of those provoked the remark/instruction from my wife " I've never seen anything so vulgar in my life and you're not having one ! " . We're still married after nearly 51 years !

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by John-B » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:15 am

The car in bad condition in the garage that Barrie posted looks just like the Silverflash he posted a photo of earlier. Could it be the same one or were several silverflashes made?

Christopher Storey said
...the remark/instruction from my wife " I've never seen anything so vulgar in my life and you're not having one ! " . We're still married after nearly 51 years !
That implies that you did buy one! Let's see a photo. :D

I think that most of the green goddesses are very stylish externally and not vulgar except the one with gold stars, but very vulgar internally.

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by Christopher Storey » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:18 am

John B : sadly, no, I didn't buy one, although it was the only time she ever interfered in my choice of cars, except for a recent experience with a Rover 3.5 litre coupe which nearly ended in divorce ! The incident in question happened in about 1995, when I had tried a Continental R out to replace my 500 SEC on which I had done 300,000 miles in 7 years. Having been hugely impressed with the R's steam locomotive like torque, I took She Who Must Be Obeyed to the Motor Show, and there on the Bentley stand was a , wait for it, Metallic Tangerine Continental R with 2 moon roofs and with an interior of cream leather piped in cerise - it was my own fault really !

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by Barrie » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:34 am

Whilst tidying up my collection I found this:
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I wonder if it still exists as a Lanchester and where it is now?

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by JT7196 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:49 pm

Hi Chaps OVC 444 now lives down here in Somerset, and the lower half of the Body Shell is now a much nicer colour.
Incidentally, this very rare Daimler is on display at the Footman James Classic Car Show being held at Shepton Mallet on the 22nd & 23 of June, on the DLOC stand,so do come along and visit us , free Tea & Biccys as usual !! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Cheers Al ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by Barrie » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:19 am

Thanks Al.
Regrettably I will not be able to see it but from what you say it would seem that it's had a radiator transplant. Is that the case or am I reading too much into your reply?
Regards. B

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Re: Hooper Daimlers

Post by JT7196 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:36 pm

Hi Barrie, yes as far as I am aware, from what Paul Galllegher has told me, some / all of these Daimlerโ€™s were originally badged as Lanchesterโ€™s, and were displayed at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show in London , in view of the fact that the Company received no orders?, the cars were returned to the Daimler factory and rebadged as Daimlers.
Now whether their are One or Two still wearing their Lanchester Grilles I simply do not know, but Iโ€™ll bet my Bottom Dollar that somebody does ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Cheers Al ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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