To help ring in the centenary celebration, Bentley and Mulliner are building 100 Bentley Continental GT No. 9 Edition honoring the “Blower” Bentley. Every one of the 100 vehicles has a piece of Le Mans history built into it. This Bentley Continental GT is the ultimate collector’s version with its customized tribute to Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin. Each GT includes a Le Mans ratifications making the cars individually rare.
In the photos, the name is smacked on the nose with a large 9 in the grille. This feature is a nod to the No. 9 4.5-liter Blower Bentley that Birkin raced at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours. On the No. 9 Edition, the center gauge on the rotating display has a visible piece of wooden seat from the 1930 Le Mans car. This isn’t the first time Bentley has included a piece of an old car in one of its new vehicles. It placed a crankshaft from W.O. Bentley’s own 8 Liter model in its Mulsanne W.O. Edition. Bentley likes to connect the old with the new.
The interior has aluminum trim and a British Jaeger clock face inspired by the Blower’s original dials. The interior has two options, Cumbrian Green and Beluga leather. The headrests and door panels have the Bentley “B” logo, and the door sill plates have plaques marking the sequence. For a luxurious finish, Bentley added 18-karat gold plating on the pull knobs.
The No. 9 Edition has two classic exterior colors available: Viridian Green or Beluga White. It comes standard with the Continental GT’s Black Line package and a carbon bodykit package. The 21-inch 10-spoke wheels can be ordered to color match. Special badges is added commemorate the 100 years, saying “1919 to 2019” on every Bentley. The Bentley Continental GT No. 9 Edition can be seen at the Geneva Motor Show. There has been no mention of pricing, however, with only 100 production units, most likely they are sold.
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