Bentley used the Los Angeles Auto Show to debut its Grand Convertible concept, an open-top version of its Mulsanne luxury sedan.

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The classic B hood ornament sits atop the grille.

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The Grand Convertible uses what Bentley calls a "liquid metal bonnet," while the Sequin Blue exterior is a custom color taken from a customer request for paint based on a single sequin from a dress.

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The Grand Convertible has only two doors, as opposed to the Mulsanne's four.

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The Grand Convertible is about 150mm shorter than the Mulsanne.

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Bentley retains its minimally ornamented round headlight casings on the Grand Convertible.

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One challenge in building the Grand Convertible comes in adding reinforcements to retain the rigidity of the Mulsanne sedan.

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The engine comes from the Mulsanne Speed edition, a 6.75-liter V-8 with twin turbochargers making 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque.

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The Grand Convertible is more likely to be owner-driven, unlike the chauffeur-appropriate Mulsanne.

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Bentley puts its full weight of coachwork craftsmanship into the cabin of the Grand Convertible, along with its suite of modern electronics.

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This finely worked piece of wood covers the tonneau, which hides the convertible top.

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Bentley chose a soft top for the Grand Convertible as a nod to the company's heritage.

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