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Hooper & Co. Coachbuilders Ltd.
The story behind the cars



 


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    Part 2. Revisited (part 1), Hooper in the 1980s and 1990s (by Bill Wolf)
    Part 3. Revisited (part 2), Hooper in the 1980s and 1990s (by Bill Wolf)

 




Part 1. A continuance, Hooper in the 1980s and 1990s
First published in The Flying Lady, official magazine of the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club, issue 2008-2
Courtesy Bill Wolf




Colin Hyams and Bill Wolf in 2015

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In the article

Comment

The caption of the fourth photo reads about Turbo R RBK26285: "According to the list of vehicles that were supplied to Hooper this was the last one, however this list may not be complete ..."

The list of vehicles that is included in this article is only a small part of all cars that were converted by Hooper. Even the much longer list on this website is not complete. But RBK26285 was definitely not the last car that was supplied to Hooper.

In the first column of the second page the text reads: "... 140 unique motorcars".

In the era from 1981 to the mid nineties, over 250 motorcars were more or less converted by Hooper. In due time this website will discuss about 200 examples.

In the first column of the second page the chassis number of the car reads: "KCH26441".

This is the English abbreviation of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (=chassis number). Other chassis numbers in this article are abbreviated in the American way. The American way of writing would have been SAK26441.

In the second column of the second page the text reads: "An Empress II coupe that started life as a 1988 Turbo R ...".
And furthermore the full number is written as "SCBZSOT00FCH13832".

Although this Empress II was finished and shown in 1988, the donor car was a 1985 Turbo R. The full VIN should read SCBZS0T00FCH13832. An "O" in a VIN should read a "0" (zero).

In the list of chassis numbers of vehicles supplied to Hooper, 1980-1998, often a Mulsanne is included.

NBB03211 is a Mulsanne LWB
SBC06123 is a Mulsanne Turbo
SBC06581 is a Mulsanne Turbo
SAD06989 should read SBD06989 and is a Mulsanne Turbo
SBD07502 is a Mulsanne Turbo

On the last page in the captions of the State Landaulet. All chassis numbers read NAK26441.

These chassis numbers should read SAK26441. The donor car is a Silver Spirit, not a Silver Spur.




 


    Click here to go to the other parts of "Hooper & Co., the story behind the cars":

    Part 2. Revisited (part 1), Hooper in the 1980s and 1990s (by Bill Wolf)
    Part 3. Revisited (part 2), Hooper in the 1980s and 1990s (by Bill Wolf)

 





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