Date of publication: 2017-10-29 10:54
The gilded Daimler DK955 coupé was created for the 1955 London Motor Show by Lady Norah and cost £ 12,555 - eight times the price of a Daimler Conquest saloon. It was called the Golden Zebra - everything that would normally be chrome was gold, while the interior was upholstered in real zebra hide. In 1956, Sir Bernard and Lady Docker took the Golden Zebra to Monaco in for the wedding of Prince Rainier and actress Grace Kelly.
Although Daimler is one of the most famous names in motoring, very few books have covered the models produced between the end of the Second World War and the takeover by Jaguar in 1965. This book sets the record straight with its comprehensive coverage of the various Daimler and Lanchester models and ranges that were produced during this period.
Sir Bernard was even left with a 75,555 pounds bill for the car's construction, which ultimately left him and his wife almost penniless.
The penultimate car of the series, called x2518 Stardust x2519 , was built and bodied at a reported cost of £12,555 - more than the average price for a semi-detached house at the time.
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Geoffrey Francis, the heraldic artist who had worked on the car in 1959, was commissioned to reapply the stars to the coachwork. By this time, crocodiles had become an endangered species, so blue-dyed lizard skin x2518 a Norah Docker favourite - was used instead for the interior trim.
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The article describes every inch of the pimped ride, but doesn 8217 t say why the car 8217 s World 8217 s Most Secondhand Car. Does she let a different member of the toiling masses borrow it every day?
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