Get Your Art Car On with this Pop-Themed Bentley Continental GT Convertible
A one-of-a-kind Bentley you’ll take to the Tate.
You so badly want to go visit London's world-famous Tate Modern, but nothing in the garage seems worthy of the task. Fear not, because now, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams will auction off this one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental GT convertible in striking Pop art skin. And you thought only BMW made art cars.
For its first-ever art car, Bentley thought it fitting to hire Britain's own Sir Peter Blake, a well-established Pop artist whose work has influenced art-world elite like Damien Hirst. If you're not into the modern art scene, you might know Blake's handiwork from his numerous contributions of historic album art for somewhat popular bands like The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) and The Who (Face Dances).
You know, those guys.
"I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my idea into being," said Blake in a statement.
The car is a clear blast of primary color, and the clearly defined contrast between the deep hues highlight the Continental GT's swelling lines. It looks a bit like a grade-school watercolor palette, but powered by a 521-hp twin-turbo V-8 instead of eight-year-old Sally in twin pigtails. The flat application of such distinctive color is a classic Pop art method, and it's a short step to other Pop-themed art cars such as the famous BMWs by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.
Blake's own motif though is the St. James Red heart on the hood, which also is a nod to the charity for which the car will be auctioned. Care2Save Charitable Trust helps provide hospice care around the world.
Blake also teamed up with Mulliner, Bentley's customization division, for the Continental GT convertible art car. Each of the four seats uses a unique leather color, which are all mirrored onto the multi-colored steering wheel. Specifically it wears a Hotspur outer rim, Newmarket Tan inner rim, Cumbrian Green center, and Imperial Blue stitching, whereas the gear shifter is wrapped in bright pink to contrast with the personalized treadplate and various Piano Black veneers spread throughout the cabin.
The richest bloody clown in Britain needs to buy this Bentley.