• Nov 28, 2006
Some say Sir Bernard Docker lost his job as chairman of Daimler in 1956 because of his wife. Lady Norah Docker thought Daimler needed to add some pizazz, some "bling" if you will, to its staid lineup. So she pushed Sir Docker to make a series of extravagant show cars now known as the Docker Daimlers. And the enormous cost of those cars (as well as some questionable expense reports) cost Sir Docker his position at Daimler.

The final Docker Daimler was the 1955 Golden Zebra. The four-liter coupe featured gold plated exterior trim, an ivory dashboard and, of course, authentic zebra-hide seats. When asked why she chose zebra, Lady Docker replied: "Because mink is too hot to sit on." Haven't we all thought that?

The car was restored in California, and while the correct Kenyan zebra skins were easy to obtain, the ivory dash was replaced with a more elephant-friendly ivory wood.

The car is expected to sell for £120,000 at auction Dec. 4 in London.

More photos after the jump, including one of that wild black and white interior.

[Sources: Auto Express, and Bonhams]





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      • 8 Years Ago
      I never thought something so tacky could come out of England!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If Docker had dickered dollars deeper,he'd have been chairman longer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks like something the "pimp my ride" crowd would probably like. It would probably sell well nowadays.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm probably not supposed to like that car, but I do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice to see one of these again!

      Too bad that Lady Docker did not marry into a company more flush with cash. She was a great promoter, in the guise of selfish wife. The publicity given the marque by her excess would have been worthwhile to a car builder with some sales volume, but the cost was too much for Daimler.

      (and Chris, "Sir Docker" is an incorrect use of terms -- Lord Docker was probably it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chrysler can't build more of these, because the company
      was bought by jaguar in the sixties and therefore belongs to Ford
      • 8 Years Ago
      5 zebra interior. twice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wasn't lady docker considered a viable alternative to the dreaded batter pudding hurler?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nope, Docker was just an ordinary knight (1939), so you would normally refer to him as Sir Bernard.