Bentley to unveil six Le Mans Limited Edition Mulsanne and Continental models


In conjunction to Lamborghini celebrating its 50th Anniversary Grand Tour, the brand unleashed 350 of its raging bulls onto the roads of Italy. In a similar, but more subtler fashion, Bentley celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, along with it memorializing its participation in the inaugural event, so also squeezing in the 10th anniversary celebrations of the winged B’s (Bentley’s) victory in the race in 2003. Bentley is “unleashing” its super car demons – Le Mans Limited Edition Mulsanne and Continental Models! There would be six new Le Mans Limited Editions, each model named after a driver from Bentley’s six victories at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race.

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The six models are: John Duff, Dudley Benjafield, Woolf Baronet, Tim Firkin, Glen Kidston and Guy Smith, and these would be exclusively available in North America.

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In all, 48 examples of each ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ model are being produced. Each car will have a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colors.

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The Continental GT models are due to be made available in the second quarter of 2013, while Mulsanne Le Mans Edition would in markets beginning from the third quarter.

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Meanwhile feel free to visit the Bentley Le Mans Edition microsite for additional information.

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Le Mans Edition Specifications

John Duff
The original Bentley Boy, John Duff gave Bentley its first win at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1924. After a fourth place finish in 1923, Duff returned to Le Mans the following year with Bentley co-driver Jack Clement. The pair raced to a first place finish, defeating many of the leading sports cars of the day.
Exterior:        Moonbeam
Interior:         Two-tone Linen and Beluga
Stitching:       Contrast
Veneer:         Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
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Dudley Benjafield
Competing for the sheer pleasure of driving and the thrill of the race, “Benjy”, drove at numerous events and took 1st place at Le Mans in 1927.
Exterior:        Verdant – the same colour of the victorious Bentley Speed 8 in 2003
Interior:         Two-tone Linen and Cumbrian Green
Stitching:       Contrast
Veneer:         Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Bright Aluminium
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Woolf Barnato
Considered “the best driver we ever had” by W.O. Bentley, Barnato remains the only driver to have won on each occasion of entering the race recording wins at Le Mans in 1928, 1929 and 1930.
Exterior:        Granite
Interior:         Hotspur
Stitching:       Beluga
Veneer:         Carbon Fiber in Continental series
                Dark Stain Burr Walnut with Dark Aluminium in Mulsanne
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Tim Birkin
A formidable personality, Birkin, an ex-fighter pilot was renowned for his willingness to be utterly ruthless with his car to achieve a winning result.
Exterior:        Glacier White
Interior:         Beluga
Stitching:       White
Veneer:         Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
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Le Mans Edition Specifications (cont.)
Glen Kidston
Kidston claimed 1st place at Le Mans in 1930 and is known for being an adventurer; rough, tough, sharp and fearless.
Exterior:        Dark Sapphire
Interior:         Two-tone Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue
Stitching:       Contrast
Veneer:         Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Dark Aluminium
Continental GT Convertible models are finished with a Blue hued exterior roof.
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Guy Smith
A central figure for Team Bentley’s attack on both the Sebring 12-Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Guy Smith secured his place in racing legend at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. Smith was selected to pilot the Bentley Speed 8 across the finish line to mark an emotional sixth win for Bentley.
Exterior:        Beluga
Interior:         Beluga
Stitching:       Hotspur
Veneer:         Piano Black and Dark Aluminium
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[Via – Bentleymedia]