Cars of 1998
Arthur Mulliner did originate from a carriers’ business established in Northampton most presumably during the period between 1690 and 1710. The destruction of all the company’s records doesn’t permit to give exact details. The coachbuilding trade of the Mulliner family was firmly established by 1760, when the Northampton-based company is documented as having built coaches for the Royal Mail.
It is a fair guess all four separate coachbuilding companies trading with the name Mulliner might have descended from the original family:
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Arthur H. Mulliner was the son of F. Mulliner who set up the original Mulliner company making mail coaches in Northampton. Arthur H. Mulliner’s son Arthur Felton Mulliner (born 1859) took the company into the construction of motor car bodies after he took over in 1887. By 1900 they had built over 150 bodies mainly on Daimler cars and were considered the major British coachbuilder on motor cars. In 1907, in addition to running the Northampton works, a new sales office and factory was opened in Long Acre, London. With orders for bodies on Armstrong Siddeley and Vauxhall cars their businees boomed. Arthur Mulliner was keen on exhibiting their products at various motor shows during the 1920s and 1930s. For their Limousine coachwork on a Rolls-Royce Phantom I in 1926 they won the first ever IBCAM awarded at the Olympia Motor Show in London.
The company is known to have created coachwork for 42 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Although orders for the more traditional makers such as Bentley, Daimler and Rolls-Royce continued, from the 1930s onward large production runs from the middle market makers were proving harder to get. Arthur Mulliner could rely upon a fine reputation; their products were top-class quality and their designs were considered neat and discreet. The overwhelming majority of coachwork from Arthur Mulliner were closed bodies in the form of Limousines or Saloons although they made a few Fixed Head Coupés and Drophead Coupés and Tourers to comply with clients’ desire.
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