Hooper themselves actually didn't mention the term ‘Empress’ when they erected
coachwork to such design on non-Daimler chassis, e.g. Bentley or Rolls- Royce.
This particular design was a genuine "Bestseller" for them and they erected
hundreds of bodies on a variety of chassis of different models from various
car manufacturers. With suitable adaptations having been executed it was offered
for any model series from the very start of the new decade well to the end of
the 50ies. In addition to 4-Door Saloons and Limousines the lines were adapted
to grace Drophead Coupés and 2-Door Saloons, too.
Indeed the design met with such acclaim that it set a trend. Several other coachbuilders
complied with their clients’ desire when these expressed they opted for a body
along such lines. Freestone & Webb rank prominently among those because their
creation was particularly elegant and well-made; indeed the Silver Cloud I,
#SZB95, exhibited by Freestone & Webb at the 1956 Earls Court Motor Show was
awarded a gold medal.
Perhaps it might be remembered what Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet" (Act I,
Scene I) had Benvolio saying: “By giving liberty unto thine eyes: Examine other
beauties.” - Well then, it is only fair to compare the photos of coachwork on
Rolls-Royce to one showing a Hooper-bodied Daimler, e.g. “The Green Goddess”
on Daimler DE36 chassis.