The Bentley LeMans Edition

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“The Bentley Boys” were dedicated to serious racing making headlines around the world. Their passion for racing was exhibited by ‘doing things with spirit, courage, instinctive intelligence, and teamwork’. They had four consecutive wins at LeMans from 1927 to 1930; the Bentley Boys took the world by storm. John Duff, Dudley Benjafield, Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin, Glen Kidston, and Guy Smith made up this ferocious racing team.

It was Woolf Barnato who bought the company and went on to create the famed Bentley Blower. Barnato won LeMans three years in a row – 1928, 1929 and 1930. This group of wealthy British motorists kept the marques reputation for high performance alive. A Bentley has always been a thoroughbred racing machine with its rugged reliability and durability.

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To commemorate both the 90th Anniversary of the legendary LeMans 24 Hour endurance and the 10th Anniversary of Bentley’s historic 2003 win at LeMans, 48 examples of each LeMans Edition will honor each of the six Bentley Boys for their tenacity and indomitable determination.

The Mulsanne and the Continental GT will feature The LeMans Edition. Each car will have a unique ‘LeMans Edition’ numbered badge, LeMans clock face, embroidered LeMans badge to each head restraint, illuminated door sill plates with the limited edition name, specific interior veneers, and special exterior colors. Each of the six specifications will reflect the personalities of the six Bentley Boys.

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The Mulsanne limited editions will also feature diamond quilted upholstery with matching diamond quilted hide door panels, drilled alloy foot pedals,  ‘Quad Effect’ tail pipe extensions, a sports tuned suspension, and two-piece five spoke dark tinted alloy wheels.

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Bentley Mulsanne LeMans Edition

The John Duff Specification

Original Bentley Boy, famed for his determination setting over 50 world records for speed & endurance. He was the first to take part in the LeMans 24 Hour trek in 1923, he drove Bentley’s first win in 1924. The exterior color is Moonbeam with an interior color of Linen/Beluga & Piano Black veneer with a Bright Aluminum Fascia. The roof color is black.

The Dudley Benjafield Specification

“Benjy” was a Harley Street specialist with a passion for motorsports. He took part in the LeMans 24 Hour seven times winning the infamous race in 1927. The exterior color is Verdant which is a vibrant green (pictured), and interior color of Linen/CumbrianGreen, the veneer is Dark stained Burr Walnut with a Dark Aluminum Fascia and a Black roof.

The Woolf Barnato Specification

“Babe” Barnato remains the only driver to have won on each LeMans 24 Hour securing three back-to-back wins. He was also the CEO of Bentley. The exterior color is Granite with the interior color of Hotspur. The veneer is carbon fibre, the Fascia and console are also of the same material, with a Black roof.

The Tim Birkin Specification

Sir Henry ‘Tim” Birkin was an ex-fighter pilot renowned for excesses both on and off the track. He gained notoriety for his utterly ruthless manner to achieve a result. He won in 1929. The exterior color is Glacier white with a Beluga interior. Piano Black veneer with a Bright Aluminum Fascia grace the cabin.

The Glenn Kidston Specification

Glenn was an ex-naval officer specializing in miraculous escapes. His reputation was “a born adventurer, rough, tough, and fearless.”  He won first place in 1930. The exterior color is Dark Sapphire with the interior in Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue. Dark stained Burr Walnut combined with Dark Aluminum Fascia makes a stunning contrast.

The Guy Smith Specification

He was a key figure in Team Bentley’s attack at the historic 2003 LeMans 24 Hour, Guy drove the Bentley Speed 8 as #7. This was Bentley’s 6th victory at the event, securing his place in racing history. The exterior color is Beluga with a matching interior. The veneer is Piano Black with  a Dark Aluminum Fascia.

The Bentley Continental LeMans Edition

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The John Duff Specification

Exterior color is moonbeam the  interior is  Linen and Beluga with Piano Black veneer and a Bright Aluminum Fascia. The convertible models get a Black roof.

The Dudley Benjafield Specification

Exterior color is Verdant with an interior trimmed in Linen and Cumbrian Green with Dark stained Aluminum applied to the Fascia. The convertible gets a Black roof.

The Woolf Barnato Specification

Exterior color is Granite with the interior in Hotspur. Carbon fibre covers the Fascia as well as the center console. The convertible gets a Black roof.

The Tim Birkin Specification

Exterior color is Glacier White with a Beluga interior trimmed with Piano Black veneer and Bright Aluminum trim applied to the Fascia. The convertible gets a Black roof.

The Glenn Kidston Specification

Exterior color is dark Sapphire and the interior is in Newmarket Tan with a Dark stained Burr Walnut Fascia. The convertible roof is Blue.

The Guy Smith Specification

Exterior color is Beluga with a matching interior, Piano Black veneer with a Dark Aluminum Fascia. The convertible roof is Black

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Bentley has always been an iconic racing thoroughbred, with its new owner, it is becoming even more so. The famous Bentley “torque” is performance like you have never experienced. These Limited Editions epitomize the Bentley Racing Heritage at The LeMans 24 Hour endurance, and  the famous Bentley Boys. These LeMans Edition Bentley Mulsanne and Continental GT models will undoubtedly become cherished collectibles…..as all Bentleys.

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