Bentley Continental GT Number 9 edition handbuilt by Mulliner celebrates the brand’s racing heritage

Bentley is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and amidst the festivities, the British automaker has come up with a special edition Continental GT that pays tribute to its racing heritage and one of the most influential figures in the company’s history. Described as the “ultimate collector’s version,” the Number 9 Edition by Mulliner is an homage the legacy of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin and the iconic No. 9 Blower race car. The Continental GT Number 9 edition, hand built by Mulliner, will be limited to just 100 examples – one for each year Bentley has been in business. Beginning with the special touches, the special edition GT gets the No. 9 graphic on the grille as a nod to the supercharged race car driven by Tim Birkin at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours. The owners can either go for this Viridian green shade seen on the display car at the ongoing 2019 Geneva Motor Show or get it in the elegant Beluga Black color. Completing the visual updates on the outside are matching 21-inch wheels with a 10-spoke design along with a carbon fiber bodykit package and black accents instead of chrome.

Inside the cabin, the seats come wrapped in Cumbrian Green or Beluga leather and the dash features an exclusive Jaeger dash clock. The rotating display on the center console is adorned a glass-encapsulated wooden insert from the seat of Birkin’s Le Mans race car. Special treadplates with the “1 of 100” lettering and 18K gold-plated organ stops on the dash complete the special treatment to the interior of the car. Bentley made no mention of the price tag of the car, but it’s quite possible that all of the 100 units are already accounted for.

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