But you won’t regret it.
Hailing straight out of Crewe, England is yet another special edition Bentley because the world’s rich can’t seem to keep their hands off of new
status symbols callbacks to the luxury automaker’s history. Entrusted with the "Number 1 Edition” moniker, the new Continental GT Convertible by Mulliner (not simply Continental GT Convertible Mulliner) is tasked with offering a modern take on the legendary No. 1 Bentley Blower race car from 1929.
And as a member of Bentley’s Centenary year special edition series, which also includes the Mulsanne WO Edition and Continental GT Number 9 Edition, the English luxury carmaker will only build 100 copies of the convertible. More importantly, at least for those who want to join the company’s 100th birthday party by buying one of these celebratory cars, is that the Continental Number 1 Edition will be the last of Bentley’s Centenary trilogy. So what do these 100 lucky souls get in the first place?
Only the finest craftsmanship from the Mulliner division, for one, which turns this Continental into a work of art rather than a normal car. Unique special touches include fender badging plated in 18 carat gold, a wheel spinner reminiscent of the ones found on the No.1 (and it's actually cast from a piston taken from the original No.1) that's placed within Bentley’s "innovative” Rotating Display, a painted Number 1 front grille, jeweled filler and oil caps, and 22-inch MDS wheels given either a Cricket Ball or Gloss Black finish.
While Mulliner is not known for hurrying to crank out cars in rapid succession to save time on the production line, the fact the Number 1 Edition is only available in Dragon Red II or Beluga exterior paint with either a Claret or Beluga convertible top is sure to make the cars quicker to build.
Along with the Bentley Black Line Specification and Carbon Body Kit, the Number 1 Edition also includes Bentley’s Centenary Specification Pack. That adds Centenary badges to the rear end and onto the wheel centers, Centenary LED welcome lamps, Centenary badging on the gear lever and steering wheel, and a Centenary badge on the key-fob.
And because too much is never enough in the land Bentley hails from, buyers can choose to pair those same Cricket Ball or Beluga shades, this time coating premium leather hide, with Mulliner’s default Heritage Hide as the secondary color. The Grand Black wood veneer and 18-carat gold plated organ stops are the last taste drivers get of the old school before gripping the Alcantara steering wheel and gear lever, both of which help control an "enhanced” version of the same 6.0-liter W12 engine mated to an eight-speed double-clutch transmission as the "normal” Continental GT Convertible gets.
If you’ve already opened your checkbook without wondering what the price is, then get in touch with your local Bentley dealer for one of these. For the rest of us, Bentley won’t tell us the price anyway.