As it continues its 100th anniversary celebrations, Bentley has officially unveiled the limited-edition Continental GT Number 9 Edition. The model — customized by Mulliner — is a tribute to Sir Tim Birkin, a British racing driver who won Le Mans in the 1920s and 1930s while driving a Bentley.
The car features a large “9” in its front grille, in reference to the No. 9 4.5-liter Blower Bentley driven by Birkin in his 1930 Le Mans race. That car driven by Birkin came with a supercharger that increased the 110 brake horsepower to 175 horsepower. For this special edition model, a part of Birkin’s racecar will be in each of the 100 Number 9 Edition models.
This artifact will be placed inside the center gauge on the Continental GT’s rotating display, with a piece of the wooden seat from the 1930 car. Other design features include a custom interior with a turned aluminum trim, a British Jaeger clock face and either Cumbrian Green or Beluga leather. Both the headrests and the door also come with an embossed Bentley logo, while the doors have “1 or 100” plaques.
With the car set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Bentley has yet to announce pricing details. Considering only 100 models will be produced, however, it is probable that every unit has already been accounted for.
In other Geneva Motor Show news, take a look at Lamborghini’s Aventador SVJ Roadster.
- auto blog