The current owner bought the Corniche when a selection of cars from Sir Elton’s collection was auctioned in 2001.
Sir Elton has spoken highly of the Bentley, which was one of a handful of vehicles in his collection that he actually used on a regular basis.
The car is one of only 45 Bentley Corniche “Series 1″ convertibles built between 1971 and 1976.
It was purchased new by the superstar in September 1975 and supplied finished in silver mink with a beige interior and matching hood.
These exclusive cars were handbuilt in the best traditions of British coachbuilding, using only materials of the finest quality including Wilton carpeting, Connolly leather and burr walnut veneers, such painstaking attention to detail resulting in a price some 50% higher than that of the standard Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow or T-Series Bentley of the period.
“Princess Margaret’s been in [the Bentley], everyone’s been in it,” Sir Elton once remarked. “I’ve had a lot of people in the car.”
No doubt, old boy…
- Posted May 31, 2012
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