“No car rises to the great occasion as fittingly as the Daimler Empress. Something more than just a means of of getting from one place to another, this is a car that brings elegance and new zest to travel.”
In its heyday, Daimler, along with other marques like Lanchester, and the familiar Rolls Royce, represented the height of the coach built luxury car experience in England.
Hooper & Co. was famous for building luxurious horse drawn carriages. With the advent of the automobile, Hooper & Co., like other carriage makers, began to build custom bodies for automobiles, using mostly British chassis, particularly Daimler and Rolls-Royce.
Two of the first automobile bodies built by Hooper were for Edward VII, first as Prince of Wales and subsequently as King. Both of these were mounted on Daimler Chassis. Hooper continued to provide carriages for Rolls Royce, Daimler and Bentley cars. Hooper specialized in the very top tier of the market, building the most luxurious bodies possible without consideration of cost.
Apart from the Royal Family, their customers included the Marquis of Londonderry, the Marquis of Crewe, the Kings of Spain, Norway, Portugal and Siam, the Shah of Persia and the Negus of Abyssinia. Even to this day the British Royal Family still uses Daimler cars for some of its transport needs.
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Daimler Empress II
The Daimler Empress II can be described with just one word – impressive. The car commands attention and turns heads wherever it goes. Considered by many to be one of the most elegant cars ever made, it was chosen by Princess Diana on her wedding day.
Daimler Empress II is powered by a 3 litre engine that produces 100 horsepower. The interior is just as bespoke as the wonderful two-tone exterior of this car.
With power windows, generous seating for five, soft, green leather, rear folding tray tables for passengers, a body built from aluminium and English ash wood, laminated glass, and more, this car represents the very best that money could buy in 1950-ies.
Daimler Empress II Gallery