Back in 2012, it was reported that Bentley had shown drawings of a convertible version of the Mulsanne to a small number of customers during an event at Pebble Beach during Monterey Auto Week. No photos were allowed to be taken and no photos were released.
Bentley has now remedied that by unveiling the concept car in the flesh at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Called simply the Bentley Grand Convertible, the car oozes luxury and sophistication.
Derived from the Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible utilizes the luxury four door’s 6 3/4 liter turbo V8, putting out 530 hp and 811 lb/ft of torque. The interior is finished in luxurious leather with Mulliner’s signature diamond quilting.
The convertible top’s tonneau cover is covered with a stunningly beautiful book matched, Burr Walnut wood. This is the largest wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley. It’s finished entirely by hand with the wood’s mirror finish being accented by strips of chromed steel.
The concept car’s finish is a bespoke blue color created from “a single squib from a customer’s haute couture gown.” The unique finish continues with silver “liquid metal” finish on the hood and windscreen frame. Additional unique features include custom directional wheels and a linen colored leather interior with Sequin Blue stitching.
“We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car – if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.” Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, speaking at the LA Auto Show.
This car still hasn’t been green-lighted for production. Bentley hopes to measure market demand and move forward with production if it makes sense for the company. Given how successful other luxury auto manufacturers have been with small production runs, we would be hopeful Bentley would move forward with the Grand Convertible. In December, the Grand Convertible will be in Miami for Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary work.
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