of the Month - January 2000
Hooper Two-Door Bentley Turbo R, 1989,
had become famous during the era of horse-drawn vehicles with their
exquisitely decked-out carriages and coaches. Quite a few of these found
their way into the mews of numerous royal households. After changing over
to coachbuilding for motor cars the company became one of the most highly
regarded coachbuilders. For decades Hooper enjoyed the position to be
authorised coachbuilder for Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
By creating the two-door version of the Bentley Turbo R pure
understatement was shown. At a quick glance this motor car isn't
recognised as one enhanced by bespoke coachwork instead of the four dour
standard body. Non-ostentatious paintwork in "British Racing
Green" has a fair share in this Bentley Turbo R being recognised as a
very special vehicle only by those who know.
Wide doors offer comfortable access - even for rear seat passengers.
These doors were made by skilful craftsmen; as were the unique forms to
produce the non-standard side-lights. Subtle design-changes didn't alter
the basic lines, however included for example a smaller rear light and
NASA air ducts to the bonnet. The idea had been to include alterations
exactly to a demanding client's specifications and to do so without
compromising the manufacturer's quality standard.
same intention was complied with as regards the interior. The seats were
trimmed in ivory-coloured leather with green piping; their exceptional
comfort almost makes one forget that additional motors and control units
had been added. These allow to move the seats to a well forward position
thus enabling comfortable access to the rear seats. Ashtray and cigar
lighter had been re-positioned to a compartment attached to the door. The
client had expressed the wish to have no ashtray on the centre console...
The Hooper Two-Door Saloon had been designed caringly so as to reflect
the owner's personal style.