It’s BBC Children in Need Day in the UK, and a 2012 Bentley Continental GTC has raised £240k at an auction organised by Bentley Manchester.
The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC was only revealed at Frankfurt in September, and is currently getting its North American debut in L.A. But Bentley have already sold one to a generous UK buyer who stumped up £240k at a charity auction last night in aid of BBC Children in Need.
The event – at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel and organised by Bentley Manchester – was hosted by the seemingly ubiquitous Gary Barlow, and had in attendance a plethora of celeb faces, including Lorraine Kelly, JLS, Chris Moyles and – as it’s Children in Need – Sir Tel of Wogan.
The Take That one even offered to deliver the Continental GTC to the winning bidder in person – and upped the ante by bidding for the Bentley himself – but despite that bids flew up to £240k.
The man from Bentley, Jon Crossley, said:
Nearly 400 people saw the auction unfold and, as the price kept on rising, the whole place fell silent. To reach £240.000, even for the very latest Bentley which is still making its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, just takes your breath away.
The winning bidder will also get the chance to option-up his (or her) new Bentley on a visit to Crewe, and Bentley’s craftsmen are going to busy themselves stitching the signatures of the attending celebs in to the interior of the new GTC.
All good fun, and a very good cause. Well done Bentley, and Bentley Manchester.
2012 Bentley Continental GTC Photo Gallery
(16 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)