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In case you didn’t know, Bentley is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. A century filled with so much rich history since Walter Owen Bentley, or W.O as he was called, set up shop in 1919. A significant part of that story were the epic wins at Le Mans in the twenties and thirties.
The drivers who drove them, known as â€˜The Bentley Boys’ were a legendary band of brothers racing, modifying and living the Bentley life and enjoying the trappings of its successes. One of the most iconic cars from this era was the â€˜Number 9′ Bentley 4.5-litre supercharged blower Le Mans race car.
To celebrate the legacy of this car and the 100-year anniversary of the company, Bentley has given us a special edition of the Continental GT.
Called the “Number 9 Edition by Mulliner, it will be available either in Viridian Green or Beluga Black, the Number 9 special features No. 9 badgework and a matching graphic on the front grill, just like the Bentley racers of yesteryear.
Inside, the headrests and door panels receive embossed "B" logos in homage to the original 1930 Blower Bentley. The center console features the familiar engine-turned finish, often referred to as "turned aluminum," that was utilized in the early days of the automobile to minimize unwanted light reflection.
The No 9 also features a bespoke clock made by Jaeger, to replicate the dials found on Bentleys of the pre-war era. Bentley say this future classic will be one of only 100 ever produced, though it wouldn’t be surprising if Bentley churn out a whole range of centenary models throughout the year.