Luxury marque Bentley has revealed the limited edition Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner to pay homage to the legendary No. 1 Bentley Blower of 1929.
As part of Bentley’s centenary year celebrations, 100 examples of the Number 1 Edition will be produced.
Finished in either Dragon Red II or Beluga with a Claret or Beluga folding hood the Number 1 Edition is equipped with a Centenary Pack, Bentley Black Line Specification and Carbon Body Kit, rounded off by the painted Number 1 front grille.
Speaking of the unique grille, it’s complemented with an 18-carat gold plated fender badge, jewelled filler and oil caps, and 22-inch MDS wheels in either Cricket Ball or Gloss Black finish.
The Centenary Specification Pack includes Centenary badges on the rear and on the wheel centres, Centenary LED welcome lamps, Centenary badging on the gear lever and steering wheel, and a Centenary badge on the key-fob.
The interior also gets the new Cricket Ball or Beluga heritage hide on the seats and door pads, along with a debossed B insignia on the headrests and door inserts.
There’s also Grand Black wood veneer with 18-carat gold plated organ stops, an Alcantara steering wheel and gear lever and Number 1 sill finishers.
As well as a British Jaeger clock featuring a Number 1 face, the dashboard also incorporates Engine Spin on the centre console. Often referred to as ‘Turned Aluminium’, Engine Spin was a popular racing car and aviation finish in the 1920s and ‘30s as it limited light reflection.
Power comes from an “enhanced version” of the brand’s 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine. The hand-build powerplant produces 467kW of power and 900Nm of torque.
It’s matched to an eight-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
The Number 1 Edition has been inspired by the original No. 1 Blower, which set the Outer Circuit record at the Brooklands racetrack, Surrey, in 1932. Driven by Bentley Boy Tim Birkin, the 4 ½-Litre car averaged 137 mph – a record that stood for a further two years and has since become a symbol of Bentley’s racing heritage.
Bentley’s Australian arm is yet to confirm whether or not the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition is coming Down Under.
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