2007 Bentley Continental GTC from the New York Auto Show

Upper-crust, Anglophile auto-lovers were initially introduced to the ragtop version of Bentley’s immensely popular Continental GT (the GTC-clever, no?) at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. Even from the pictures, it was easy to fall in love. However, now that the New York Show has come and gone, we’ve had our chance to see and touch this piece of automotive jewelry-and it just makes us want one more.

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The GTC is the fourth new model debuted since the 1999 renaissance of the Bentley brand (thanks to VW). Bentley Chairman Franz-Josef Paefgen and Design Chief Dirk van Braeckel-suspiciously non-English-sounding names-explained how the new convertible fits into the Bentley strategy; it slots in between the Continental GT and the Arnage sedan in this top-shelf lineup.

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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