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Monday, March 05, 2012

1947 Revisited

Hooper, uncommonly fine coachwork. Quite appropriate.

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In 1947 a very special car was made by Hooper and Co (Coachbuilders), Ltd for Nubar Gulbenkian.

Rolls-Royce 1947 Silver Wraith  body by Hooper body #9278

Here is the 'Autocar' article on in from October 17, 1947. (click to enlarge and read)

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The car has quite a distinctive curved grill/

Rolls-Royce 1947 Silver Wraith  body by Hooper body #9278

Well, our friend Don who has a plethora of Hooper files and photos has discovered some interesting shots indeed.

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The car was obviously sent back to Hooper sometime in the last decade or two for a full restoration.

As Don quoted to me, the restoration is "Not for the faint of heart..."

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Here is a close up of that distinct grill body.

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From this shot you can see that the curved grill is a cover over the standard Rolls-Royce tank.

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This looks slighty E.T. phone home to me.

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Warts and all and rotting wood.

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We have no idea if it was ever completed.

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Where could it be today?

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Where is this car now...? Email if you know.

(Posted by David Irvine)

1 Comments:

At 8:40 am, Blogger Dave21146 said...

In 1977 this car was in a body shop on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA

 

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