The first Daimlers to feature the curved radiator shell are built, including the DE36 with its 5460cc engine and huge 12ft 3in wheelbase. The DE36 is the first series-built car with electrically-operated windows and interior lights that switch on when a rear door is opened.
Royalty is suitably impressed and King George VI orders two State Landaulettes built on the DE36 chassis. He’s not alone; the Emperor of Ethiopia also is interested as is the Queen of the Netherlands and the Kings of Thailand and Afghanistan.
Princess Elizabeth receives a Hooper State Limousine as a wedding gift from the RAF. In the same year, the 2952cc Empress with Hooper bodywork appears at the Earls Court Motor Show.
In the same year as Lady Docker’s Golden Daimler, the first ‘Docker Daimler’ is built with a 2952cc engine. The Regency isn’t a hit, with only 51 sold in the next two years. Even fewer of the Hooper-bodied versions featured on the Hooper rather than the Daimler stand at Earls Court were built and sold – just 27.
The first Earls Court Motor Show without a ‘Docker Daimler’ takes place, although a Hooper-bodied eight-seater limousine features. Sir Bernard Docker was voted out of office earlier in the year, although there’s no initial change in company strategy.