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You Can Now Buy A Bentley Continental GT C With A Giant '1' On Its Grille

The Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner celebrates the 1929 No.1 Bentley Blower racer

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There’s a very good reason this Bentley Continental GT Convertible has a big number ‘1’ slapped on its already eye-catching grille. It’s a reference to the Bentley Blower No.1, one of the British firm’s most celebrated racing cars.

The car was driven by a chap called Tim Birkin - one of the ‘Bentley Boys’ - and derived from the Bentley 4½ Litre. Birkin added a supercharger to the big inline-four engine, which is where the ‘Blower’ nickname came from. In 1932, it set the lap record at Brookland’s outer circuit.

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Along with the number painted on the grille that provides a nod to the original Blower, the ‘Number 1 Edition by Mulliner’ also features 18-carat gold badging on the wings. Inside, the Continental’s rotating display has been altered, with the set of clocks incorporating metal cast from a piston once used in the old racer.

Other special features include a standard-fit Bentley Centenary Specification Pack, Number 1 treadplate inserts, and Grand Black wood veneer with 18-carat gold trim.

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It’s available only with Bentley’s 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, providing 592bhp to all four wheels. You do have a choice of two colours, though - Dragon Red II or Beluga, while the folding roof can be specced in either Claret or Beluga.

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Bentley hasn’t provided a price for the car, but given the level of bespoke fiddling that’s gone on, it’s likely to be significantly more expensive than the base £175,890 GTC. Just 100 will be built.