One-off Continental will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Bentley has a special, one-off Continental GT V8 S Convertible that it’s bringing at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24. Why is it special, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s an art car, which comes heavily with personalized touches from the commissioned artist doing it. That brings me to the main highlight of this particular Continental art car. The man behind its colorful design is none other than Sir Peter Blake, arguably the most famous British pop artist in the world, and the man responsible for some of the most famous cover albums in history, including the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

For this project, Sir Blake traded in his usual gig of designing cover albums in favor of designing an actual car. The fact that the car is a Continental GT V8 S only adds to the magnitude of this project. For its part, Bentley isn’t just touting this one-off project as a showpiece model. This Continental art car has actually donated this car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which in turn is sending it to the auction block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Proceeds of the auction will then go the Trust, which is responsible for providing palliative and hospice care around the world.

It’s unclear how much the Continental V8 GT S art car will cost, but considering the model itself, as well as the man who designed it and the purpose behind the car, it’s safe to say that it’s going to sell well north of the standard model’s $250,000 price range.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

What Makes The Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Pop Art Car Special

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The mere fact that it’s designed by one of the most decorated pop artists in the world is reason enough to consider this one-off Continental special. But in this case, the details of the car are really what makes it stand out. Take the body for example.

The exterior of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible is the embodiment of what the industry has come to know about “art cars.” The obvious takeaway is that it’s very colorful, but it isn’t so much about the colors itself but more so what these colors represent. The lower body, for instance, comes with a British Racing Green, a possible nod to arguably one of the most famous color finishes to come out of Britain. Meanwhile, the upper body has a predominantly St Luke’s Blue paint finish, which was used to pay homage to Bentley’s local St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice. From there, the hood of the Continental GT V8 S receives a Continental Yellow finish while the radiator shell gets a Fuchsia Pink radiator shell. Rounding out the artistic touch on the exterior is the hand-painted St. James Red heart motif on the center of the hood.

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The use of all these colors is a staple of Sir Blake’s past works, most notable the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Those familiar with the art cover of that album will know what I’m talking about.

The flamboyant look of the exterior continues in the interior of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible as all four colors were also used in the cabin. The steering wheel, in particular, comes in a colorful combination made up of Newmarket Tan in the inner rim, Hotspur in the outer rim, Cumbrian Green in the center, and Imperial Blue in the stitching. Meanwhile, the gear lever has a Vivid Pink finish that dramatically contrasts with the Piano Black car that was used on the center console, dashboard, and interior door panels.

The interior storage cases also have Piano Black veneer with linings in Continental Yellow and St James Red to reflect the same treatment used on the hood of the Continental. The last bit of details on the interior include special sill plates, embroidered headrests with Sir Blake’s signature, and a unique treadplate, labeling this one-of-a-kind Continental V8 GT S Convertible as a real “1 of 1.”

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As decorated as the exterior and interior of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible are, the engine remains the same. That’s been the formula with a lot of art cars from the past and Bentley didn’t deviate it from it. So this one-off Continental still comes with a 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 engine that pumps out 520 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. All that power is coursed through an eight speed automatic transmission, which in turn sends it to all four wheels to give the luxury convertible a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 181 mph.

Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible

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Absurdly long name notwithstanding, the Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible is one of the more evocative variants of Bentley’s Continental lineup. Introduced in its current form in 2015, the Continental GT V8 S Convertible is the embodiment of what a luxury convertible should be. The exterior details are still outstanding while the interior is as finely appointed as it’s ever been. Then there’s the engine, which still packs quite a punch in the form of a 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 that produces 520 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Everything about the Continental speaks to the quality of Bentley’s work. It’s nice to know that even with the name’s age, the models are still up to the standards of today’s discerning clientele.

Read our full review on the Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible here.

Press Release

Bentley Motors has teamed up with the godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to create a one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. This unique car will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June.

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Bentley commissioned Sir Peter to deliver the world’s first pop art Bentley, drawing on inspiration from the acclaimed artist’s celebrated career at the forefront of the famous British pop art movement. Bentley has donated the car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.

Commenting on this individual commission and the Charitable Trust, Kevin Rose, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, says:

“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 skilled artisans in our bespoke Mulliner division, who worked closely with Sir Peter to bring this design to life. We have proudly supported the Care2Save Charitable Trust and the hospice movement for more than 25 years and so take great delight from donating this inimitable car for such a worthwhile cause.”

Sir Peter Blake, perhaps best known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, comments:

“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.”

Possibly the most striking feature of Sir Peter’s bold vision - instantly recognisable as a Sir Peter trademark - is a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, a symbol in-keeping with the compassionate work of hospices.

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Throughout the exterior of the car, the use of collage - another characteristic of his work - demonstrates bright but clearly defined colour. A St Luke’s Blue - a bespoke colour introduced by Sir Peter, named in homage to Bentley’s local St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice - dominates the cars iconic rear haunches, doors and boot lid, with a British Racing Green lower body, and a Fuchsia pink-coloured radiator shell. The bright paint colours compliment the black exterior brightware and a black hood, incorporating a darker sub-tone while allowing the bright exterior colours to flourish.

The cabin is also an expression of individuality, with each seat trimmed in a different hide colour; Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan and Hotspur, reflecting more tonal shades of the exterior surfaces.

The same colours are echoed on the sports steering wheel, featuring a Hotspur outer rim, Newmarket Tan inner rim and Cumbrian Green centre, with Imperial Blue stitching. The vivid pink leather gear lever stands out against the centre console, dashboard and interior door panels, all veneered by Bentley’s craftspeople in Piano Black.

Sir Peter’s signature is incorporated onto the fascia panel and embroidered on all four seat headrests. To finish, unique storage cases feature a Piano Black veneer outer but with Continental Yellow and St James Red internal linings to reflect the bonnet colour theme. A distinctive treadplate, signifying that this is a Sir Peter Blake design, labelling ‘No. 1 of 1’ finishes the car. These unique features have been delivered through Bentley’s specialist bespoke division, Mulliner.

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The Sir Peter Blake design, which also includes a personalised playlist from the artist’s favourite music, is the second Bentley Continental GT Bentley is donating to the Care2Save Charitable Trust.

The Bentley By Me campaign launched earlier this year, allowing people the opportunity to donate any amount from £1 to help transform hospice and palliative care around the world, with the opportunity to win a Bentley.

Reinforcing the importance of such initiatives to palliative and hospice care support, Andrea Ladeira, CEO of Care2Save, says:

“Bentley has supported its local hospice every year since it opened 28 years ago. In turn, the hospice has given love, support and comfort to hundreds of people and their loved ones who are connected to Bentley. It is this excellent care which needs much-needed funds on a wider scale, seeing hospice and palliative care across the UK and globally benefit. The end of someone’s life should bring dignity, love and comfort both to the person who is dying and all those who care about them. We hope that this amazing car will deliver a lasting legacy of care. Without the dedication of Bentley colleagues, none of this would be possible.”

Using the money raised from the Bentley by Me and Bentley By Blake campaigns, The Care2Save Charitable Trust will work with organisations and charities in other countries to educate and empower them to build their own sustainable and affordable hospice and palliative care models.

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman, said: “This collaboration with luxury marque Bentley, world-renowned British artist, Sir Peter Blake, and Bonhams, auctioneers of fine art and motor cars, is the perfect partnership.

“We have a long established relationship with Bentley, as the world record holders for the most valuable Bentley sold at auction, and are delighted to have been selected as the auctioneers of choice for the sale of this truly special motor car, with proceeds to benefit such a wonderful charity. The Festival of Speed is the perfect platform for selling such a rare motor car, so we look forward to some spirited bidding.”

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