Pop art Bentley designed by Sgt Pepper album cover artist Sir Peter Blake is set to fetch £400,000

A pop art Bentley car made in collaboration with artist Sir Peter Blake – best known for creating the cover for the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record in 1967 – is expected to sell for £400,000.

Sir Peter has created album covers for dozens of musicians and bands including The Who, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Oasis and the charity group Band Aid.

In 2016, he turned his attention to cars, designing the unique multicolored Bentley Continental GT V8 S Cabriolet.

It was bought for £250,000 but could now fetch nearly double that amount when it goes under the Bonhams auctioneer’s hammer.

The one-of-a-kind vehicle, sprayed in bright colors with a hand-painted red heart on the yellow hood, bears its manufacturer’s signature inscribed on the glove box and headrest of each seat.

This pop art Bentley car made in collaboration with artist Sir Peter Blake – best known for creating the cover for the Beatles’ Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967 – is expected to sell for £400,000

In 2016 Sir Peter turned his attention to cars when he designed the unique multi-coloured Bentley Continental GT V8 S Cabriolet (above)

In 2016 Sir Peter turned his attention to cars when he designed the unique multi-coloured Bentley Continental GT V8 S Cabriolet (above)

The car was bought for £250,000 but could now fetch nearly double that amount when it goes under the Bonhams auctioneer's hammer.

The car was bought for £250,000 but could now fetch nearly double that amount when it goes under the Bonhams auctioneer’s hammer.

Sir Peter, 89, was commissioned to design the car, which was sold to raise money for the Care2Save charity

The Beatles' Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover

Sir Peter, 89, was commissioned to design the car, which was sold to raise money for the Care2Save charity. On the right, his iconic album design for The Beatles

The one-of-a-kind vehicle, sprayed in bright colors with a hand-painted red heart on the yellow hood, has its manufacturer's signature inscribed on the glove compartment and headrest of each seat.

The one-of-a-kind vehicle, sprayed in bright colors with a hand-painted red heart on the yellow hood, has its manufacturer’s signature inscribed on the glove compartment and headrest of each seat.

The interior is equally vibrant with each seat trimmed in different colors ranging from green to imperial blue and beige.

And it even comes with a playlist of songs personally compiled by the artist.

Sir Peter, 89, was commissioned to design the car, which was sold to raise money for the Care2Save charity.

He said: “I’m proud to have been part of the transformation of this beautiful car and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design to life.

The stunning car has a 552bhp engine with a top speed of 200mph and has been driven sparingly with just over 800 miles on the clock

The stunning car has a 552bhp engine with a top speed of 200mph and has been driven sparingly with just over 800 miles on the clock

Godfather of pop art: Sir Peter Blake

Knighted in 2002, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections around the world, Peter Blake is a great figure in British art.

Knighted in 2002, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections around the world, Peter Blake is a great figure in British art.

Born in Dartford, Kent in 1932, Sir Peter Blake is a British pop art icon, best known for co-creating the cover design for the Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

His work crosses all generational divides and inspires immense respect in young artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin.

Knighted in 2002, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections around the world, Peter Blake is a great figure in British art.

Her work reflects her fascination with all streams of popular culture and the beauty found in everyday objects and environments.

Many of his works feature printed media such as photographs, comics, or advertising copy, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colors.

The works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic spirit of the 60s, but are also surprisingly fresh and contemporary.

Source: Bonhams

“Bentley is a British icon, so I wanted to incorporate an element of that sense of tradition by using British Racing Green alongside strong primary color blocks in the design.

“I wanted the car to be bright and bold, keeping the design as simple as possible, so the beautiful lines of the car could speak for themselves, but also create a design that reflected the patterns and patterns I have used in my work throughout my career.

The stunning car has a 552bhp engine with a top speed of 200mph and has been driven sparingly with just over 800 miles on the clock.

Bentley’s Kevin Rose said: ‘Sir Peter has designed a strikingly colored car, summing up exactly why he is considered one of Britain’s leading entertainers.

“It was a fascinating project to be involved in, especially for our skilled craftsmen who worked closely with Sir Peter to bring this design to life.”

Introduced in 2003 and significantly updated in 2015, the Continental GT is the first all-new design to roll out of Bentley’s Crewe factory after the British carmaker was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998.

Its arrival represented a departure for Bentley, as the Continental GT ushered in a new era of performance combined with never-before-seen luxury.

He was the main contributor to the company’s move from a business of 1,000 cars per year to sales of 10,000 cars in 2007.

After years of speculation over what form it would take, the Continental GT debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2002 when it was revealed that the new 2+2 coupe would be powered by a 6.0 W12 engine. twin-turbocharged liters.

Developing 552 hp at 6,000 rpm, it was mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox and a permanent four-wheel drive transmission.

Top speed was under 200mph, with the 0-60mph dash accomplished in 4.6 seconds.

Announced in 2013, the Continental GT V8 S featured a 521 hp engine, lowered suspension and better body control to match the higher horsepower.

Other notable features include an aerodynamic front splitter, discreet side sills, rear diffuser, exclusive 20-inch wheels and red painted brake calipers.

Bought by the first owner at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​auction in 2016, the Bentley has seen very minimal use with just 834 miles logged at the time of last service in March 2021 – some 745 of traveled them in his first two years.

The Bentley pop art will be sold on March 3.

About Elizabeth J. Swartz

Check Also

The Story Behind Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumors’ Album Cover

The recording of Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, Rumors, was the stuff you usually only …