2006 Bentley Continental GT Zagato
2006 Bentley Continental GT Zagato
1 of just 9 built, believed to be the only RHD
6,500 miles from new
1 previous owner
Over £500,000 when new
The Continental GT was the first new car Bentley produced under the ownership of Volkswagen, and it marked the beginning of a new era for the cars from Crewe. It was introduced to the public at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show and subsequently shown at exclusive events, such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, later that year. The Continental GT was produced to lure new customers to the marque, as it incorporated the company’s more traditional offerings but at a slightly lower price point. The car attracted lots of attention when it was first shown and even more attention in Bentley showrooms around the globe in the following months. Customers quickly added themselves to the waiting list in anticipation. It was an enormous financial success for the company, and it proved to be an superb platform to bring Bentley into the 21st century.
Five years later, Bentley returned to Geneva to launch a very special coachbuilt creation: the Continental GTZ. The Continental GTZ was the first collaboration between Bentley and the equally storied coachbuilder Zagato. It is said to be the result of a discussion between Dr Andrea Zagato and Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, the former CEO of Bentley, where the two decided to create a car that hinted at Bentley’s rich history of coachbuilt creations but simultaneously offered a new, unique, and forward-thinking design. Whilst the Continental GT was already considered to be a very luxurious vehicle for upper echelons of high society, the Continental GTZ was intended to be more special in every way and a true classic for future generations of enthusiasts.
Even though this Bentley shares the same basic shape and proportions of the Continental GT, all of the bodywork is unique to the GTZ, and the only components on the exterior that are carried over from the donor Bentley are the signature quad-headlights. The elongated front grille, along with Zagato’s trademark double-bubble roof, gives this Bentley a far more bespoke appearance. Inside, only minor styling changes were made to Bentley’s already luxurious interior, such as a Zagato “Z” motif embroidered on the seats.
The first owner of this Continental GTZ purchased it as a 2006 Continental GT from Jack Barclay’s Bentley distributorship in London, and after owning and driving the Bentley with limited use for a few years, it was sent to Zagato to be converted to Continental GTZ specifications in 2009, at an additional cost of €500,000. The owner chose the colour combination for the car with subtlety in mind, and its light green paint over dark green leather interior creates an air of quintessential British elegance. Inside, machine-turned aluminium trim and a wood-rimmed steering wheel perfectly complement the sumptuous leather. This Continental GTZ has been properly serviced and maintained by Jack Barclay’s both before and after it returned from Zagato. It is truly in impeccable cosmetic and mechanical condition. Sold in 2014, to its current collector owner, It has traveled just over 6,500 miles from new and following a recent service and MOT examination, it is ready for its next custodian.
Zagato has been at the forefront of 21st century coachbuilding, and Zagato-styled automobiles have a unique styling that separates them from other coachbuilt creations. This Continental GTZ has had two owners from new and is truly a remarkable automobile that will make a fine addition to any discerning collection.