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The Sir Peter Blake Continental GT

A True One-of-a-Kind

With literally millions of colour and trim combinations to choose from, most Bentleys are unique. But some, it could be argued, are more unique than others. 

Enter the Continental GT V8 S – reimagined for charity by the leader of the British Pop Art movement, Sir Peter Blake. Bentley partnered with Sir Peter because of his pioneering artistic vision and position as an icon of British creativity.

Created in aid of the Care2Save Charitable Trust, the car was a blank canvas on which Sir Peter could bring his vision to life. Working closely with Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning department, he created a car that instantly evokes the trademark bold graphics of the 1960s pop art movement.

 

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HANDCRAFTED AND HAND PAINTED

The car’s most distinguishing feature has to be an enormous crimson heart, sprayed entirely by hand on the Continental Yellow bonnet of the car. The grille surround is painted in a vivid Fuscia pink, bursting forth from the St Luke’s Blue bodywork like a neon sign in the night. All around the car, the lower bodywork is finished in British Racing Green – a nod to Bentley’s motorsport heritage.

Like any convertible, the interior of the car will often be visible to onlookers – all the more reason to make it especially striking. Each seat has been upholstered by Mulliner craftsmen in a different colour, in accordance with Sir Peter’s design. The fluted, hand-stitched sports seats are trimmed in Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan and Hotspur – a multi-coloured theme that even extends to the hide steering wheel. Every headrest bears Sir Peter’s embroidered autograph, while on the treadplate, an inscription confirms the unique nature of the car: “Number 1 of 1”.
 

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CREATED FOR A GOOD CAUSE

This incredible car was sold at auction by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June for £250,000, with all of the proceeds going to Care2Save. The charity promotes the development of supportive, palliative and hospice care in Britain and around the world. It was chosen by Bentley through its relationship with St Luke’s Hospice, near the Bentley factory in Crewe.

As Sir Peter explained: “I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being, to produce this one-off lovely car.”

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A TRUE PIONEER

Knighted in 2002, Sir Peter Blake has been actively involved in the art world since his work first came to prominence in the early sixties. Famed for creating album covers for bands from The Who to Oasis, as well as many more renowned art projects including The Mersey Ferry and the CCA Art Bus.

According to Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Kevin Rose, “Sir Peter has designed a strikingly colourful car, encapsulating exactly why he is thought of as one of Britain’s leading artists. It was a fascinating project to be part of, particularly for the team in our bespoke Mulliner division, who worked closely with Sir Peter to bring this design to life.”

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