Bentley is celebrating both its 100 year anniversary and its Le Mans Heritage with limited edition Continental GT Number 9 unveiled at Geneva Motor Show.
Bentley was born a century ago and to mark the milestone, the British automaker unveiled a limited edition Bentley Continental GT Number 9 model in Geneva. Limited to just 100 units to celebrate the brand’s 100 years, the Number 9 model also pays tribute to a 1930s race car.
The number 9 is very significant in Bentley history. Bentley enthusiasts will recognize the painted 9 on the new Continental GT Number 9 from the supercharged race car dubbed Blower Sir Henry Ralph Stanley Birkin drove at the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans. Called the “ultimate collector’s edition” by Bentley, the Conti Number 9 is based on the new-generation Bentley Continental GT unveiled last year in November.
Built in collaboration with Mulliner, the Bentley Continental GT Number 9 replaces most of the orignal car’s chrome accents by black trim. The 21-inch wheels are also painted black and buyers can choose between the Viridian Green shade seen in the pictures here or a more subtle Beluga Black. Why you would go with the black we don’t know, but it is available.
Cumbrian Green or Beluga Black leather are available inside the cabin. Perhaps the coolest feature of the Continental GT Number 9 is the wood trim inside which was taken directly from the 1930 Blower car that competed in the Le Mans race. The cabin is adorned with other special Bentley Blower artifacts as well as “B” logos here and there. Each edition of the Continental GT Number 9 will be numbered.