Rare Daimler Green Goddess to Be Auctioned

An extremely rare classic convertible is due to be auctioned by Bonhams at the upcoming Quail Lodge sale this August. The example in question is a 1949 Daimler DE-36 "Green Goddess" Hooper Drop-Head Coupe, one of only seven ever made, also a Pebble Beach Concours winner.

According to Bonhams, the car has been restored to the highest standard in two-tone burgundy with white leather interior. It is powered by a large straight-8 engine and has a semi-automatic fluid flywheel transmission.

“With coachwork by Hooper, the sweeping fender lines, unusual faired-in headlamps with clear covers, and tapering chrome body-side moldings distinguish the massive car's styling whose sumptuously appointed leather interior provides roomy accommodation for five. The 147-inch wheelbase drop-top is more than 20 feet long, nearly 80 inches wide, and weighs in at nearly three tons,”
Bonhams describes the lot.

The original Daimler Green Goddess debuted as a show car at the 1948 Earl's Court British Motor Show in London and was the most expensive car on display. The car was dubbed "Green Goddess" thanks to its special jade green paintwork.

Even though the six following replicas of this rare Daimler convertible were finished in various colors, the "Green Goddess" designation is applied to any DE-36 built.

“With most of the few surviving Green Goddess Daimlers already securely ensconced in permanent museum collections, the opportunity to acquire one of these legendary convertible coupes is an extremely uncommon occurrence. Bonhams automotive specialists predict this beautifully restored gem to fetch as much as $800,000,”
a statement form the auction house reads.
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