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Queen Mary's Daimler
Some early visitors to the Queen Mary may recall a classic car on the forward decks, this wasn't just any classic car. When she first opened as a hotel, museum, and tourist attraction in Long Beach, the British National Motor Museum loaned the city Her Majesty Queen Mary's Damiler double six.
Silver Royal Jubilee
Daimler, being the choice make of the British Royal Family in the early 20th century; was commissioned to build two new state limousines for the 1935 Silver Jubilee. Two Double Six cars with closed roofs were constructed. The car would remain in Royal Service until the Queen died in 1953. The car was then acquired by the National Motor Museum
On The Queen Mary In Long Beach
When the quintessential British luxury liner, Queen Mary was retired to Long Beach, she brought with her two British Leyland Busses and a slew of the iconic phone booths. She was very much filling the role she did during her career of a British cultural ambassador. The Motor Museum decided to offer the City of Long Beach the limousine which belonged to their new attraction's namesake. Long Beach accepted the loan and the car was placed proudly on the bow of the Queen.
Queen Mary's Limousine goes back to England
By 1984 the car had been exposed to the elements and was beginning to look a little worse for wear. The Coventry Transport Museum purchased the Limousine and brought it home. Then began a meticulous restoration which brought the car back to its former glory which we see it in today in the museum. Behind the vehicle is a mural reminding visitors of the car's previous home on the ship.