The 147-inch wheelbase Daimler DE-36 chassis was powered by a 150hp straight-eight displacing 5460cc (5.4L). The large, silky smooth engine was coupled to a Daimler Fluid Flywheel transmission, controlled by a pre-selector mechanism. Factory documents indicate as many as 216 DE-36 chassis were built, with the final units being dispatched in 1953.
As would be expected, the lengthy DE-36 chassis were most often fitted with heavy, formal limousine coachwork. Delightful exceptions to the rule were the six magnificent DE-36 drop-head coupes created by Hooper’s in the style of Sir Bernard’s prototypical 1948 show car. Although delivered in various colors, all of the Hooper DE-36 drop-heads are popularly known today as Green Goddesses.
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|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1946 – 1953|
|released at||1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show|
|built at||Coventry, England|
|displacement||5460 cc / 333.19 in³|
|power||111.9 kw / 150 bhp|
|specific output||27.47 bhp per litre|
Auction Sales History
1948 Daimler DE-36 ‘Green Goddess’ Hooper Drop-Head Coupe 52802 – sold for $502,000
This marvelous and immense automobile is the third of just seven Daimler DE-36 Hooper-bodied ‘Green Goddess’ drop-head coupes built between 1948 and 1953. More than 20 feet long and just under 80 inches wide, the super-sized drop-top weighs more than three tons. Beautifully streamlined and sumptuously appointed, the Daimler DE 36 drop-head ranks, both in size and prestige, among the most prominent automobiles ever constructed. Auction Source: Bonhams 2010 Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia