1951 Bentley Mark VI 'Empress' Coupe by Hooper
The Mark VI was powerful and beautiful, especially when dressed with custom coachwork, as a lucky few buyers chose to do. This car arguably wears the greatest bodywork on this chassis, and it was crafted by Hooper & Company Ltd., of London, the longstanding coachbuilders to the Royal Family. Hooper was always renowned for its excellent quality of its construction, and post-war, it would become equally well-known for its advanced modern design. This vanguard was led by stylist Osmond Rivers and his Empress fenders, which began fully and curvaceously at the front of the body and then swept down the flanks to fade completely away into the rear.