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Bentley Turbo R Empress II


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

Specified as Hooper Midnight black but finished in Lake blue, coachlined in gold

Model year



Colour interior

Blue leather; pure wool Wilton carpets; black lambswool overrugs embroidered with Flying B logo, "Empress II" and Hooper logo; heavy grained dark Burr Walnut veneers

First owner

Lawrence Graff of Graff Diamonds Ltd., London



30LG, E336CGN, E937LYY

Factory features


Hooper coachbuilt

Colour co-ordinated bumper bars with polished stainless steel inserts
Polished stainless steel wheel arch surrounds and sills, thin style
Glass fixed roof panel tinted dark black
Hooper oval design exhaust outlets, left and right hand side
Hooper chrome alloy wheels with airways finished in Satin Black and Bentley B finished in enamelled black to match existing Bentley Turbo R badging and Hooper wire wheels with black centre Bentley B
Hooper aero-dynamic spoiler with built in fog lights
Left and right hand side petrol filling access
Small Bentley badges to rear quarter panels, black labels
Hooper and Bentley Turbo badging to boot
Flying B lock cover to boot
Exterior front roof mounted peak aerial for radio
Concealed aerial for telephone
Chrome accent strip to centre of boot lid
Badge bar
Fully veneered door pad panels with cross banding to front doors
Pierced veneer panels to both front and rear left and right handside to speaker outlets
Latest style Bentley Turbo R seats
Hooper sports steering wheel
Matching leather covered gear selector quadrant surround
Both rear seats adjustable
Rear quarter left hand side fitted with solid silver vanity unit by Asprey
Rear quarter right hand side fitted with solid silver pen and notepad together with removable dictating machine
Backs of rear seats to include double fold-out veneered picnic table with illuminated mirror to upper half with cocktail unit to lower half holding fine lead cut glass decanter, glass and ice container (left hand side), and veneered picnic table housing Davidoff Humidor to upper half with cocktail unit to lower half holding fine lead cut glass decanter glasses and thermos (right hand side)
Veneered tables to have inlaid Hooper logo in brass
Hooper State of the art Alpine in car entertainment system to include CD system, DAT player, radio and twelve speaker system
Voice activated telephone to front arm rest with remote number display
Rear fold down armrest to house controls for video and video player
Combination safe in boot
Blaupunkt video monitor to rear of front console (shielded by roll-top slides)
Heated front seats
Rear adjustable reading lights to both right and left hand side
Door sill plates incorporating unique scripts
Stainless steel door end caps and pillar caps

Further remarks

The conversion was completed in summer 1987.
In July 2004 auctioned by Christies, Le Mans.
In 2005 owned by Clark from Great Britain.
In 2006 owned by Hessemer from the USA.
In 2007 owned in Great Britain.
In September 2011 auctioned by Bonhams, Goodwood.
In October 2012 auctioned by Bonhams, Sandown Park.

3. Copies of documentation

Documents of the donor car

Hooper documents of the specifications

At Hooper's the car was known as a 1988 "Bentley Empress". In 1994 it had covered only 4643 miles.

4. Photos from the internet, Facebook and other sources

Bonhams, Goodwood, 16 September 2011:


Christies auction in 2004:

Auction result, year unknow:

Several occasions for display:


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