If you want to raise some money for charity you definitely need an expensive car and a popular person to promote it. That`s what Bentley did when it teamed up with the godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to create a unique Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. As you already guess, this car will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June.
Sir Peter delivered the world’s first pop art Bentley, drawing on inspiration from the its career seen as the forefront of the famous British pop art movement.
Sir Peter Blake became known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
Possibly the most striking feature of Sir Peter’s, 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.
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 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.
Inside the cabin, each seat is 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.
All the cstomization work was done by Bentley`s Mulliner division, responsable with such level of personalization. Bentley has donated the car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.