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information and a special chapter on Hooper in this book:
of the Month - May 2002
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I
Hooper Saloon with division, 1958, #ALC11
Number 10226 in Hooper's Body Book was allocated to a „RR S. Cloud LWB”
, chassis number ALC11. A body in the form of a “Saloon with Division”
was erected. In accurate handwriting details listed the body as
made to Design-No. 8504 and delivered in May 1958 to J. Davis, Esq. Added
information is “as 10115 but 14'' Long WB, cut out spat”, i.e.
similar to a previous body number but on a long wheelbase chassis and
showing altered rear spats.
is a later variation of the “New Look” theme that Hooper's chief
designer Osmond Rivers had created in an attempt to amalgamate lines of
the pontoon-body, that became popular during the post-war period, and
traditional styling elements, e.g. clearly accentuated wings. Hooper
didn't concentrate entirely on coachbuilding for Rolls-Royce and Bentley
but did produce a great number of bodies for Daimler, too, notably on “Daimler
Empress” chassis. Over the years it became almost common to talk about
“Empress Line” as regards this special design. Everyone knows the
designation, although some purists don't leave a doubt they don't accept
it as “unofficial”.