Former property of Cher, 2005 Bentley Continental GT, Chassis no. SCBCR63W55CO28620, with CHER vanity plates
Having purchased Bentley from Vickers in 1998, the VW Group quickly set to work, investing £500 million in the Crewe factory, creating 1,000 new jobs and commissioning an all-new model line-up. In 2003 the Continental GT was the first product to emerge under VW's stewardship of the iconic British marque.
Following Bentley tradition it was a luxury coupé, one that took styling cues from famous past models, but in all other regards was bang up to date. Power comes from a twin turbo 6.0-liter W12, and shows all the characteristics you'd expect of a Bentley powerplant: stunning torque, mid-range power and a deep, bassy soundtrack. The 552bhp headline power figure will hurl the car from rest to 60mph in a mere 4.7 seconds courtesy of drive to all four wheels and on to a maximum just shy of 200mph.
The statuesque bodywork hides an opulent cabin. Leather, wood and burnished chrome smother every surface and bold lines run through the interior architecture successfully updating the Bentley concept of sporting luxury.
Cher's profile dictates nothing but the latest and the best, and her inimitable style dictates it must be in black. And so was delivered her Bentley GT. In Beluga with Beluga interior with Black Onyx wood veneer dash and interior accents, the car was treated to an upgrade to the alloy wheels, and retains her 'lucky' necklace, still hanging from the rear view mirror. Showing 16,780 miles, it remains in excellent condition throughout.
Provenance: Sotheby's with Julien's, The Collection of Cher, October 3-4, 2006, lot 184
- Please note: The 2005 Bentley Continental GT, with CHER vanity plates" is a street legal, registrable automobile and is subject to sales and use tax in the state of California, Arizona and where applicable. Import Duty, and or license and documentation fees may also apply. The amount of fees will be determined by Bonhams in its sole discretion and are additional to the final bid price and buyers premium. Exemption from taxes, duties or fees will be subject to the timely receipt of documentation acceptable to Bonhams as determined in its sole discretion.