Mo­tor

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The mu­seum

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

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