It was announced in 1981 by Rolls-Royce that the production of two door fixed head coupes in both Rolls-Royce and Bentley form would cease, with the decision taken to concentrate solely on convertible motor cars. The designation “Continental” had been used for some of Bentleys finest creations in the 1950’s and 1960’s and in 1984 the term was resurrected in the form of the Bentley Continental convertible. The stylish coachwork by Mulliner/Park Ward was designed by legendary stylist John Blatchley and was assembled and finished in London
A right hand drive example, this beautiful and rare Bentley Continental was delivered to its first owner, Sir Elton John, via Jack Barclay Ltd of Berkeley Square, London on 15th February 1985 with the registration number ‘B120 WYM’. It featured prominently in the video for Elton John’s hit single of that same year, ‘Nikita’, where he is seen being driven in icy conditions admiring a Russian soldier of that name. Subsequently the registration was changed to the personalised ‘B20 ELT’, which is extant today.
In 2008 the Bentley was acquired by a long-time classic car enthusiast based near Venice, who used it sparingly, the odometer showing a believed-genuine total of little more than 40,000 miles. Its current owner acquired the car a few years later and commissioned a comprehensive service with bills totalling over £10,000. Having added barely any miles on the clock since then, the car is described as being in good to excellent condition throughout. The only deviation from original specification is the installation of a boot-mounted CD changer and bass unit. Finished in Tudor Red with red-piped beige leather interior and matching hood, the car comes complete with a UK V5C registration document, the original stamped service book (recording Elton John as the first owner), warranty card, etc. A fantastic opportunity to acquire a piece of musical and showbiz history in Sir Elton John’s retiring year as a musician at 70 years old.
Please note the car is sold with the original grey wheel hubs and tyres as seen in the ‘Nikita’ music video.