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Bentley Turbo R
Hooper 2-door saloon conversion


Contents of this page
1. General information about this car
2. Photos to introduce the car; if available
3. Copies of documentation, such as specifications and details of the Hooper coachbuilding; if available
4. Photos from the internet, Facebook and other sources; if available




Colour exterior

Acrylic Tudor red

Model year



Colour interior

Magnolia leather piped St James red, Cherry red Wilton carpets, Dark red lambswool rugs

First owner

Messrs Al Maktoum, London, England




Factory features


Hooper coachbuilt

Two door configuration with coachbuilt doors extended by 207mm and extended rear quarter panels
Hooper coachbuilt smaller rear window
Hooper chrome plate alloy wheels with low profile sports tyres
Cellular telephone facility to front armrest
Opening rear armrest
Badge bar
Rear quarter badges
Polished stainless steel infills to rear tail lights, front and rear bumpers
Corniche front seats with manual tilt forward backrest and electric slide forward seat base
Fully veneered burr walnut capping rails and dado rails with cross banding
Rear quarter panels incorporating illuminated storage pockets with veneered back panel
Burr walnut veneer effect surround to coachbuilt window
Pioneer "State of the Art" hi-fi with multiplay CD
'Flying B' to boot lock
Hooper style mesh grille
Veneered map pocket to both front doors

Further remarks

Auctioned by Bonhams, December 2009. Auction brochure notes:
"This very rare Bentley was delivered new to its first owners, Messrs Al Maktoum, the ruling dynasty of the United Arab Emirates and celebrated racehorse owning family. The car has had only one other recorded owner, Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, who acquired it on 21st March 1998. Born in Stepney, East London in 1936, Royston Henry Shaw, commonly known as 'Pretty Boy', is a millionaire businessman, property developer and successful author who formerly was a notorious criminal. He was an associate of the Kray twins and a high profile and much respected figure in the criminal underworld, serving terms in many of Her Majesty's Prisons as a 'Category A' prisoner. From the late 1970s onwards, his career as one of this country's most successful unlicensed bare-knuckle boxers brought him equal fame. Since turning his back on his former careers, Roy Shaw has also found success as an author, penning a best-selling autobiography 'Pretty Boy'."
"In 2005 the Bentley was involved in an accident and classed as a 'Category D' insurance loss, being damaged but repairable. The insurer declined to repair the vehicle, which nevertheless has since been rebuilt to fully roadworthy condition by Bentley and Rolls-Royce specialists and repainted in its original colour. As well as Hooper's embellishments to the interior, noteworthy features include the later design matrix front grille, front spoiler with mesh insert, new 17" 'Special Edition' alloy wheels and new Avon tyres. Finished in Tudor Red with magnolia-piped St James' Red leather interior."

3. Copies of documentation

Documents of the donor car

Hooper documents

4. Photos from the internet, Facebook and other sources

Spotted at the Hooperfest, Annual Rally of the RREC, England, June 20013:

Photos from several websites, such as Bentleyspotting:


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