Hooper's swansong (well almost)
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Hooper's swansong (well almost) 3 years, 5 months ago #1

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The coach building establishment of Hooper dates back from the year 1805 and they were the purveyors of many (horse drawn) carriages and subsequently motor cars to the British Kings and Queens. Starting with King William IV, next Queen Victoria and so on. They held the royal warrant from 1830.








During the Great War and WWII they were involved in aircraft manufacturing. a.o. the versatile De Havilland Mosquito.  Coach building was done on Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars but also many Daimlers, of which the Docker Daimlers were most famous.


Both Daimler and Hooper became part of the BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) company. But through failing management, the sales of motorcycles, including Triumph (once the largest in the world), led to a dramatic decline of BSA in 1959 and 1960.  Hooper shut shop in 1959.


Hooper was a very good quality coach builder. To me the designs, by Osmond Rivers, of the Empress and Teviot models are among the very best. Somehow Hooper always produced impressive, if not imposing cars with daring features.


With the launch of the Phantom V of 1959 the writing was already on the wall, and Hooper produced only 2 models (one of which was the P 5 prototype).  But it did not really end there. Two Phantom V chassis (5 LAT 4 and 5 LAT 50) were delivered at Henri Chapron's ateliers in Paris and with the co-operation of Osmond Rivers, two very Hooper-ish cars were built.


Classic Models of China produced this model of 5 LAT 4, the last but one with Hooper involvement. I have chosen an alternative color to my personal liking. The real car is also displayed. A model of 5 LAT 50 will follow in due course.












The reg # MMM stand for Mrs. Marty Martin, wife of the French director, involved in the production of the theater play of Mata Hari.
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Re: Hooper's swansong (well almost) 3 years, 5 months ago #2

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The model looks very good and thank you for the story about Hooper. Never knew the fact about BSA (that has nothing to do with the motorcycles?) Bij Storm Afstappen ??

Re: Hooper's swansong (well almost) 3 years, 5 months ago #3

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RoutemasterNL wrote:
 Never knew the fact about BSA (that has nothing to do with the motorcycles?) Bij Storm Afstappen ??
     


 


Funny Theo.


BSA: 


The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms, bicycles, motorcycles (Triumph and BSA), cars, buses and bodies, steel, iron castings, hand, power and machine tools, coal cleaning and handling plants, sintered metals, and hard chrome process.


Langzaam rijden dat deeien zie nooit
Dat vonden zie toch maar tied verknooid
Bertus op zien Norton
En Tinus op de BSA


Nie normoal.
Last Edit: 3 years, 5 months ago by Ecclesley.
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