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Unveiled in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Continental GT was a different animal altogether. Very importantly, the car differed significantly from the previous Continental R and T models in terms of its place in the overall scheme of things and, although much of the car is hand-assembled it is, essentially, a mass-produced vehicle made in significantly larger numbers. It is not a coachbuilt extravagance of the past and, as a result, the price at launch was significantly less than the Continental R, and this comparative affordability immediately exposed the car to an entirely different and much wider customer base. Introduced at the New York Motor Show in April 2006, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible (or GTC) also benefited from generally being considered “affordable” (even though it wasn't really) and proved an immediate sales success. From time immemorial, car manufacturers have struggled with slicing the top off their saloons and retaining a degree of stiffness and Bentley naturally encountered the same problem. Determined to engineer the most torsionally rigid open four-seater that money could buy, the Crewe manufacturer incorporated additional steel tubing within the newcomer's A-posts and windscreen frame, reinforced its sills and cross-braced the floorplan to a greater degree. The result was a class-leading 16,595ft.lb per degree which was not far away from the car's tin-topped sibling. The Convertible utilised the same smoothly powerful, twin-turbocharged, 6-litre W12 engine, Torsen-based permanent four-wheel-drive system, massive ABS-backed disc brakes, and sophisticated all-round independent air suspension. Electro-hydraulically operated, the Bentley's luxuriously padded fabric roof not only stowed away neatly but provided almost limousine levels of refinement. Reputedly capable of over 190mph with the top down, the GTC featured two sturdy steel hoops concealed beneath its rear headrests which could be deployed within fractions of a second if the onboard computer sensed an impending roll. Arguably more of a 2+2 than a true four-seater, the Bentley could raise or lower its hood at speeds of up to 20mph, which was handy, and quite good fun, in slow-moving traffic. It comes with its cased wind deflector.
Finished in Beluga Black with Magnolia leather, this exquisite Bentley GTC has covered only 4,378 miles in the hands of its only owner. Supplied new by Bentley Birmingham, the comprehensive specification included 20-inch painted seven-spoke alloys and power boot opening and closing. The Magnolia interior is a beautiful combination of matched main hide and secondary coverings to much of the cabin and the feel of opulence is enhanced by the deep Beluga lambs wool front mats with the Piano Black details adding a touch of glamour. The car's first service was conducted at 1,576 miles in 2008, the second at 4138 miles in March 2017 and the latest at 4300 miles in March 2019.
Make no mistake, it’s hard to distinguish this stunning Bentley GTC from the day it was delivered new in 2007 such is its condition. One of the worlds best Grand Tourer convertibles at a fraction of its original price.
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