Number 9. Number 9. Okay, we’ll stop with the obscure Beatles references and move on to more important things like this Limited Edition Bentley Continental GT. Presented at the Geneva Motor Show as the ultimate collectible, it celebrates 100 years of making automotive history. More specifically, it pays homage to Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin’s ‘Blower’ race car from 1930. Mulliner will handcraft a mere 100 units in either Viridian green or Beluga black.
As one of the original ‘Bentley Boys,’ Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin was an avid customer, investor, and racing driver. With his direct involvement, the supercharged Bentley 4½ Litre ‘Blower’ was born. He raced the green car to victory at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours and it’s been the stuff of legend ever since.
Remembering where it came from, the new Limited Edition Bentley Continental GT features Number 9 badging and a wood insert from the seat of Birkin’s original race car. Along similar lines, an exclusive British Jaegar dashboard takes inspiration from 1930s dials, while the heritage hides reflect those found in models from the ‘Bentley Boy’ era. Rounding out the GT’s retro vibe are 18K gold-plated organ stops.
Despite its vintage allure, this limited edition model still runs like a modern champion. In that regard, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 207 mph. It also delivers a reported range of 500 miles, a feat that we’re fairly certain its 1930 predecessor couldn’t achieve. Word is still out on the pricing, but one can safely assume the car will cost a fortune.