Daimler received royal patronage in 1902 from King Edward VII and it was to maintain the Royal Warrant of Appointment as motor manufacturers to the Royal family until 1950 when the husband of the then Princess Elizabeth ordered a Rolls Royce.
Today’s featured Daimler Straight Eight is reputed to have been built in 1937 for the recently abdicated King Edward VIII and his wife who were exiled in France.
The car remained in France until it was sent to Park Ward by a titled owner for ‘minor revisions’.
In the 1960’s this Daimler was sent to Minnesotta by a US Airman and it was poorly restored by a subsequent owner in the 1990’s.
The straight eight motor has a capacity 4.624 litres 282 cui and remained in production from 1936 to 1953 and is rated at 32hp by multiplying the square of the diameter of the cylinders, in inches by the number of cylinders and dividing the sum by 2.5.
The current owners, vintage-wheels.co.uk, found the Daimler at the Hershey auctions in Pennsylvania and had her restored to her present condition 2000.
wintage-wheels.co.uk offer the Peripatetic Exile for hire at weddings and for filming.
A recent television credit includes appearances in several episodes of the British Broadcasting Corporations (BBC) detective series staring David Suchet as Belgian peripatetic detective in exile ‘Poirot’.
Thanks for joining me on this “Peripatetic Exile” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !