Commissioned for a Descendent of Royal Aristocracy
This vehicle was purchased by King George V attorney Douglas Beven for his wife.
History shows that attorney Douglas Beven had no wife, as he was gay. In 1934 King George V had despised the actions of his son David, who was to become King Edward in 1935. David was dating a married American woman named Wallace Simpson, and King George V told David that since the throne was the head of the church of England, David’s behavior was bringing ill repute to the throne. Because of this, King George V restricted David from using any of the royal vehicles.
We believe David commissioned the king’s attorney, Douglas Beven, to quietly and under the radar of the public eye, acquire this 1935 Hooper Daimler Limousine built in 1934 for the attorney’s wife, and since Douglas had no wife, it transferred to David, who gave it to Wallace Simpson as a gift, and was to be kept in London for David and Wallace’s use.
History reports witnesses that people saw Adolf Hitler and Wallace Simpson riding together in the back of a black limousine in London. At that time, Wallace Simpson had been friends with Hitler, and he would meet with her when he would come to London to attempt to convince Parliament to join him in his war efforts.
The original Hooper Factory Renderings on this vehicle are currently kept in the Royal Archives with a file number (5870) in the upper left corner of the drawings.