Bentley Continental GTC
¬£36000 - 40000*
Introduced at the New York Motor Show in April 2006, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible (or GTC) proved an immediate sales success. Determined to engineer the most torsionally rigid open four-seater that money could buy, the Crewe manufacturer (a) incorporated additional steel tubing within the newcomer's A-posts and windscreen frame, (b) reinforcing its sills and (c) cross braced the floorplan to a greater degree. The result was a class leading 16,595ft-lb per degree. A very near match in dynamic terms for its Coupe sibling, the Convertible utilised the same crushingly powerful twin-turbocharged 6-litre W12 engine, Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive system, massive ABS-backed disc brakes and sophisticated all-round independent air suspension. Electro-hydraulically operated, the Bentley's luxuriously padded fabric roof not only stowed away neatly but also provided almost limousine levels of refinement. Reputedly capable of over 190mph when topless, the GTC featured two sturdy steel hoops concealed beneath its rear headrests which could be deployed within fractions of a second if the onboard computer sensed an impending roll. Arguably more of a 2+2-seater than a true four-seater, the model could raise or lower its hood at speeds of up to 20mph (a nice party piece in slow moving traffic).
Finished in Black with a Champagne leather interior 'VX07 PDY' has covered 85,000 miles with just 3 previous keepers. Offered with its original handbook, new front Lower grilles and shod with new tyres in 2016 the Bentley was subject in August last year to a service at Bentley Birmingham at the cost of _3,468. Described by the vendor in regards to the bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and gearbox as 'good' the Bentley is offered with an MOT certificate into February 2018.
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