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2018-12-10 11:00
Bentley Continental GT Covertible

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The flagship Jack Barclay Bentley showroom, the world’s oldest and largest Bentley retailer, hosted the showroom debut of the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible this week.

The cutting-edge Continental GT Convertible is the latest and most technologically advanced vehicle in a lineage of luxurious Bentley models that stretches back to 1919. Steeped in history, it’s only fitting that the car should be displayed in a showroom first founded in its iconic Mayfair location back in 1953.

Tailor-made authenticity

The all-new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, representing all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers.

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The elegant and sculptural exterior, with its Tornado lines – achieved by an industry-first super-forming process – is complemented by a tailored convertible roof that can be deployed in just 19 seconds, and available in seven different colours, including an authentic tweed finish for the first time.

Stowing the roof reveals a cabin showcasing Bentley’s unrivalled expertise in using natural materials, including the highest-quality leathers and 10sqm of rare, sustainably-sourced wood in each car.

Bentley Continental GT Covertible

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Jack Barclay Bentley has a unique connection to the Bentley brand, with its namesake considered as one of the original 'Bentley Boys'. In fact, Jack Barclay himself drove a Bentley 4.5 litre to victory in the 1929 Brooklands 500, setting an average speed of more than 172km/h. The showroom retains many of its original features, including the iconic chequered floor, wood-panelling and art deco signage.

Bentley Continental GT Covertible

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However, just like the new Continental GT Convertible is a very modern distillation of Bentley history, the Jack Barclay site has recently been subject to a multi-million-pound renovation. It now features a stunning new central bar trimmed in fine Bentley leather and a new commissioning suite for greater inspiration and privacy.

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