On July 10, 2019, Bentley turns 100, and the Crewe carmaker is marking the milestone with a limited edition model that pays homage to legendary No. 1 Bentley Blower of 1929. Limited to just 100 examples worldwide, the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner is a modern interpretation of iconic Twenties racing car, and boasts a range of bespoke features that capture the spirit of the past.
Apart from 18 carat gold plated fender badging, the limited edition gets jewelled filler and oil caps, and 22-inch MDS wheels in either Cricket Ball or Gloss Black finish. Each of the 100 cars will carry a piece of history, a small wheel spinner -- reminiscent of wheel spinners found on the No.1 and other historic Bentleys -- cast from a piston from the original No.1, and set within the new model’s Rotating Display. Available in either Dragon Red II or Beluga, and with a Claret or Beluga folding hood, the limited edition is equipped with a Centenary Pack, Bentley Black Line Specification and Carbon Body Kit, and a painted Number 1 front grille.
Inside, Heritage hide on the seats and door pads, with a debossed B insignia on the headrests, complements the main hide in Cricket Ball or Beluga. The Grand Black wood veneer is embellished with 18-carat gold plated organ stops and an Alcantara steering wheel and gear lever. The dashboard has a Jaeger clock featuring a Number 1 face, and ‘Engine Spin’ finish on the centre console, reminiscent of the finishes in racing cars from the Twenties and Thirties.
Under the bonnet is an enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 unit, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission.
The Number 1 Edition is the final car in Bentley’s Centenary trilogy, following the Mulsanne W.O. Edition and the Continental GT Number 9 Edition, and is part of a year-long series of special activities and events that have been planned worldwide.