Coachbuilt Bentley Empress II Coupe Is The Very Definition Of A 1990s Land Yacht

The Bentley Turbo RL Empress II Coupe is a bespoke, two-door version of the LWB Bentley Turbo RL that was manufactured from the mid-’80s to the late ’90s.

It was coachbuilt by Hooper in only 5 examples, and one of them will be auctioned off by RMSothebys in Arizona, on January 17-18, 2019.

One of only two left-hand drive models, this special Bentley features an aluminum bodywork and has a Tudor Red exterior over a Magnolia interior.

It’s jammed with a lot of features that are impressive even by today’s standards, such as the cocktail cabinet, Asprey silver vanity set, glass “sunshine” roof, power adjustable front and rear seats, and a 12-speaker sound system from Alpine.

Made in 1991, it was used by Hooper in their advertising campaigns. Subsequently, it was taken to Los Angeles by one of the company’s investors and was then bought by the Calumet Collection, where it still resides alongside other coachbuilt Bentley and Rolls-Royce models.

The Empress II Coupe remains largely unrestored and in a condition described as “superb” by the auction house.

Also, despite being 27 years old, the odometer shows only 7,228 miles (11,632 km). Included with the sale are the build and historical documentation, and various reports.

No estimated selling price has been provided, but given the rarity of this car, it will likely fetch a pretty penny.

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