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Friday, May 16, 2008

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

Take a look at this view. It is special. It is coach building. It's not from the factory at Crewe.

The rear window. It is a little different. It is known as a privacy, or a discrete rear window and was made by that famous coachbuilder Hooper and Co. in the 1980's and 1990's.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

The window was designed to restrict the view inside the cabin from those peering in from the rear. Very much a don't read over my shoulder moment.

Also the impact is that the interior feels more homely and cosy, as the occupants are not as exposed, and it gives a greater sense of security in the cabin.

As to not make the interior claustrophobic, sometimes a rear sunroof was added to open up the light. Architects will tell you light is the only free thing in this world.

Here is a seemingly naughty peek inside the State of Qatar rear cabin of a Hooper and Co installed rear privacy window. Certainly nice and cosy.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

For those into engineering, take a look at this amazing picture. It is the privacy window mid construction at Hooper and Co. It is not something you see everyday on the internet.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

If you want one you are not alone. And they are sometimes a little hard to find. But they are out there.

Here is an example. Currently for sale by O'Loughlin Motors in the UK is this beauty.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

It is a 1989 Bentley Turbo R by Hooper in Brewster green.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

The rear window is certainly the attractive feature of the car.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

It really sets it apart from a standard Turbo R.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

The Hooper interior is also impressive. It has St. James red leather, and also has a leather leadliner and rear back parcel shelf.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

It has all wood veneers courtesy of Hooper, and comes with rugs and footrests.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

The asking price is £13,995.

Bentley Turbo R by Hooper

Pictures courtesy (Hooper, O'Loughlin Motors)

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