1978 Bentley Corniche


  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    55 899 mi / 89 961 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
  • Engine number 
  • Electric windows
    Climate control
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
    Original Condition
  • Interior colour 
  • Interior type 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


One of 77 Bentley Corniche Convertibles built.
Finished in Black with tan interior and having only covered a mere
56,000 miles it comes as no surprise that this stunning example really
does drive as well as it looks.
The paintwork is in excellent condition and is compliment by a double
gold coach line.
It is hard to finish complementing this car as the leather, wood work
(including the beautifully finished steering wheel), and carpets are all
presented in great condition.
To the interior both drivers and passenger door cards were supplied
new with hip flasks and glasses in a concealed compartment. With the
drivers side currently full of cognac the compartment is lockable to
prevent any temptation when travelling.
The same quality in shown in the engine bay which is appreciated even
more when you start the engine.
This Corniche really must be seen and driven to appreciate the sheer
quality of craftsmanship that has be used to build and maintain it.
This very rare Bentley Corniche convertible was ordered new on May
10th 1977 by James A Whittenburg III from Amarillo Texas.
The first owner being a close friend of the Rolls-Royce importer in
America managed to obtain a detailed 52 page build sheet.
This copy of all workshop sheets used by RR Crewe Factor and Mulliner
Park Ward detail each step through the cars construction and include
the quality control certificate issued by MPW and the delivery note.
The first owner kept this Corniche until the 18th of May 1991.
The car was purchased by Jean yves Duperret, the famous French
pastry chef based in San Francisco.
In 2010 Duperret opened pastry shops in London and decided to
return his Bentley to England where he gained the assistance of a
longtime friend Lunn to help register the car. Lunn at the time was one
of the key managers at the renowned coachbuilders Gurney Nutting.
The Mot certificates state that in 2010 only 50,030 miles were on the
In 2012 Duperret sold his Bentley to Aldo Giassi. Aldo was a Milanese
patriot and was one of the most famous members of the Italian
resistance during WW2 and also the founder of the Battaglia Milan who
fought against Mussolini and the Wehrmacht army.
Upon his death the car passed through Classic Motors in Monte San
pietro in Bologna,. Here the car was re-comissioned prior to selling to
Professor Bruno Marelli of Milan. Currently in possession of a passioned car collector in
Marbella (Spain) who keeps the car in an immaculate condition.