Surveying the recent six-month sales reports from luxury car manufacturers, you could be forgiven for assuming that selling vehicles at six-figure prices is child's play.

Hot on the heels of Rolls-Royce proclaiming a 30 per cent rise in sales in the six months to the end of June, Bentley reported a 23 per cent uplift over the same period.

Dig deeper into the sales figures, though, and it's quickly apparent that selling Wraiths and Flying Spurs isn't just a case of sinking into a leather armchair in the back of the dealership and arranging the crisp £50 notes into neat piles.

Ahead of the launch of the revised Continental GT Speed this week, Bentley's sales and marketing chief Kevin Rose pointed out a few of the realities of dealing in the high-end car business.