Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Bentley brings race-inspired Continental GT to Geneva auto show

Bentley Continental GT No 9 Edition 02 Geneva LIVE: Bentley Continental Number 9
Melba Vasquez | 07 March, 2019, 16:46

The Continental GT Number 9 edition by Mulliner will be limited to just 100 examples, each featuring a glass-encapsulated wooden insert from the seat of Birkin's Le Mans race vehicle. Bentley on Tuesday unveiled a Continental GT inspired by a classic race auto at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. "Birkin was a Bentley customer, investor and a racing driver, full of entrepreneurial spirit and ambition - and through the determined collaboration of man and machine, the 4 ½ litre 'Blower" was born.

The Bentley Rotating Display has also been enhanced with an artifact from Birkin's iconic 1930 Number Nine Le Mans racecar. Power increased from around 110 bhp to 175 bhp with the supercharger installation. From this group was born the famous "Number 9" Le Mans race vehicle equipped with a supercharged 4.5-liter engine that increased output from approximately 110 to 175 horsepower-pretty impressive for the day.

Each of the 100 units produced will feature wood inserts from the seat of Birkin's Le Mans race vehicle.

Only 100 examples will be built, arriving sometime later this year.

Geneva LIVE: Bentley Continental Number 9

Available in either Viridian Green or Beluga Black, the Number 9 special features specific No. 9 badgework and a matching graphic on the front grille.

In addition to the wooden seat piece, buyers of the Conti GT Number 9 will get 18-karat gold-plated organ stops, like those found in the original Blowers, an exclusive Jaeger dash clock and unique interior leather options. There are special B logos on the headrests, doors, and rear quarter panels that are reminiscent of those on the 1930 "Blower". This backlit piece is set in resin and situated in the middle of the centre dial of the rotating display, adding a piece of history to each auto.

Bentley celebrates its centennial in 2019 (the actual date is July 10), and the automaker is clearly excited.

It was in 1919 that engineer W.O. Bentley registered the Bentley brand and showed off the company's first chassis at that year's London auto show. Mulliner officially became part of Bentley Motors in 1959, setting up its workshops in Crewe.

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