Bentley Motors and British pop art legend, Sir Peter Blake, have worked together to create a one-of-a-kind Bentley soon to be spotted in Chichester.
The renowned automotive company commissioned Sir Peter to design the world’s first pop art Bentley, which come June 24 will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Bentley has donated the car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.
The unique car draws inspiration on the acclaimed artist’s career, sporting a ‘Sir Peter trademark’ – a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, a symbol in keeping with the compassionate work of hospices.
Sir Peter Blake said: “I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being, to produce this one-off lovely car.”
The Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible uses a striking collage of British Racing Green and Fuscia pink on its exterior, with a St Luke’s Blue on its rear – a bespoke colour introduced by Sir Peter named in homage to Bentley’s local St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice.
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams co-chairman, said: “This collaboration with luxury marque Bentley, world-renowned British artist, Sir Peter Blake, and Bonhams, auctioneers of fine art and motor cars, is the perfect partnership.
“We have a long established relationship with Bentley, as the world record holders for the most valuable Bentley sold at auction, and are delighted to have been selected as the auctioneers of choice for the sale of this truly special motor car, with proceeds to benefit such a wonderful charity.”
He added: “The Festival of Speed is the perfect platform for selling such a rare motor car, so we look forward to some spirited bidding.”
The Sir Peter Blake design is the second Bentley Continental GT Bentley is donating to the Care2Save Charitable Trust. The Bentley By Me campaign was launched earlier this year, allowing people the opportunity to donate any amount from £1 to help transform hospice and palliative care around the world, with the opportunity to win a Bentley.
Kevin Rose, Bentley’s member of the board for sales, marketing and aftersales, said: “Sir Peter has designed a strikingly colourful car, encapsulating exactly why he is thought of as one of Britain’s leading artists.
“It was a fascinating project to be part of, particularly for the skilled artisans in our bespoke Mulliner division, who worked closely with Sir Peter to bring this design to life.”
Mr Rose added: “We have proudly supported the Care2Save Charitable Trust and the hospice movement for more than 25 years and so take great delight from donating this inimitable car for such a worthwhile cause.”
Using the money raised from the Bentley by Me and Bentley By Blake campaigns, the Care2Save Charitable Trust will work with organisations and charities in other countries to educate and empower them to build their own sustainable and affordable hospice and palliative care models.