Because you can't park a full-size Mulsanne or Continental on your desk.
Bentleys are big. Doesn't matter if you're looking at a Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga, or Mulsanne – the crew from Crewe doesn't make 'em small. Only these ones are, and yet they look no less intricate and finely crafted.
This new collection of scale models has been released in celebration of Bentley's centenary, and includes two versions of the flagship Mulsanne as well as the new Continental GT Convertible – all crafted from resin in 1:43 scale. That leaves them just 5.1 and 4.44 inches long, respectively, and a fair bit lighter, to say the least, than the real things.
The collection is highlighted by the Mulsanne W.O. Bentley edition that was originally built in 2018 to honor the original 8-liter version from 1930. The model is painted in the same shade of Onyx Black as the full-size limousine it replicates, with a Fireglow interior, and is limited to just 100 examples.
It's joined by a 1:43-scale model of the Mulsanne Speed, in the same Julep paint and Beluga interior as the first example that was revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Continental GT Convertible comes in Sequin Blue with a Linen cabin.
As you might expect from a Bentley of any size, they don't come cheap, relative to their diminutive size. The limited-edition black Mulsanne sells for $194.03, while the yellow Mulsanne Speed and blue Continental go for $161.69 each – the same price as the models of the Speed 6e concept and Continental GT3-R that Bentley's online shop also offer. They're more expensive than the (presumably less intricate) 1:43-scale models of the Bentayga and (black) Mulsanne Speed already available, but nowhere near as pricey as the giant 1:8-scale models of the Continental GT coupe and convertible that are also available for over $9k each.