The Montagu family had run Daimlers since 1898 and introduced the marque to royalty. By the early ’60s, Lord Montagu was using a Jaguar Mk10 and a Mini as personal transport but shed the Jaguar for a Daimler Sovereign and a Ford Sierra 4x4 station wagon in the ’80s. His father’s first Daimler was tracked down in Gloucestershire, where it was being used to pull a lawnmower.
The world’s first known motor museum was founded in London’s Oxford Street in 1912 by Edmund Dangerfield of magazine but failed largely due to World War I. However, Dangerfield’s concept was sound and, when Montagu officially opened his estate in April 1952, most visitors headed immediately for the hall and the cars. On