To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. SCBDR33W18C051870
Estimate: $ 90,000 - $110,000 US
The Bentley Continental GTC was announced at the Crewe facility in September 2005; the luxury 2 + 2 convertible completed the Bentley Continental model range following the introduction of the highly successful Continental GT in 2003 and the four-door Continental Flying Spur in 2005. This model of vehicle went on sale in late 2006.
With a top speed in excess of 190-mph, a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, a state-of-the-art 6.0-liter, 552-hp W-12 cylinder twin turbocharged engine, shiftable (paddles) six-speed automatic transmission, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all of the exhilarating performance, poise, elegance and dynamic handling that graced the Bentley stablemates. The Continental GTC provides an almost unrivalled standard of craftsmanship, utilizing natural wood veneers, alloys and leather hides of the finest quality.
While sharing the face of the Continental family, the design personality of the GTC was considered distinct and unique. Bentley’s design director Dirk van Braeckel explained; “With the Continental GTC we set out to achieve a style that is both contemporary and elegant but with the sporting stance of a true performance car. We also wanted to ensure that the Continental GTC looks just as beautiful with the roof up as it does when it’s down.” In keeping with the Bentley tradition, the triple layer soft-top (produced by Karmann in Osnabrück, Germany) has a heated glass rear window. When stowed below its hide-covered tonneau, efficient packaging guarantees excellent space for both rear passengers and their luggage. The GTC weighed about 220 pounds more than the GT, thanks to stiffer sills, beefed-up A-pillars and pop-up rollover hoops.
Produced in limited numbers, (Bentley built only 7,685 total cars inclusive of all models in 2008), this is an outstanding example with less than 16,000 original miles is presented in the fantastic combination of black (we were not informed if it is Beluga or Diamond Black), black top and tan interior with refined blending of wood veneers and alloy trim elements. The conveniences are numerous and sophistication permeates the entire platform. Among the luxuries are multi-level heated 14-way power front bucket seats, speed-proportional power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, one touch power windows, power top, navigation with voice activation, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, trip computer, analog gauges, heated power mirrors, remote trunk release AM/FM/CD with 12 total speakers and 300-watts power output standard, voice-activated phone, trip computer, remote keyless door locks, dual zone air conditioning, factory chromed alloy wheels and many other nuances that must be experienced behind the wheel to be fully appreciated.
Well-maintained and cared for since new, the Bentley Continental GTC is accompanied by numerous service records from Braman Motorcars in West Palm Beach, Florida that documents its privileged ownership. 2008 Bentley Continental GTC Drophead Coupe