Re­gency timeline

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1946

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.

1947

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.

1948

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.

1951

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.

1956

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.

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