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MULSANNE LE MANS LIMITED EDITION MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT PEBBLE BEACH

  • Continental Range of Le Mans Limited Edition models on display

  • 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged Le Mans headlines a series of vintage Bentleys to be auctioned during the Monterey Classic Car Week

(Pebble Beach, 13 August 2013). The past meets the present for Bentley this year as California’s Monterey Peninsula is primed for a week of the world’s most coveted historic automobile displays and events. Bentley continues to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, as it debuts the Le Mans Limited Edition Mulsanne. This model complements the Continental range of Le Mans Limited Edition models which are available exclusively to North America.

“2013 is the 90th Anniversary of the first Le Mans 24 Hours race, in which Bentley was the only British marque to participate, and also the 10th Anniversary of the most recent win for the Speed 8 in 2003,” said Christophe Georges, COO of Bentley Motors America. “Pebble Beach, for us, is the ideal place to debut and display our Le Mans Limited Edition Mulsanne model and to showcase our flagship vehicle in its Limited Edition livery to a very knowledgeable audience of automotive enthusiasts and Bentley owners from around the world.”

The Le Mans Edition specifications are a blend of sportsmanship and heritage matched to the highest standards of technology and craftsmanship. The specifications, each inspired by a driver from Bentley’s six victories at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race, will feature diamond-quilted hide seat covering, diamond-quilted hide door panels, drilled alloy foot pedals, sports tuned suspension and steering, ‘Quad’ Effect Tailpipe Finishers and two-piece five spoke dark tint alloy wheels.

The iconic Bentley Blower and the 2003 Le Mans winning Speed 8, along with its driver Guy Smith, join Bentley at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday. The Flying Spur, Bentley’s new luxury four door sedan and the Continental GT Speed, Bentley's fastest production model ever, will also be on display at this exclusive gathering set upon the rolling greens of The Quail Lodge and Golf Club.

Following its world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, Bentley will present the Continental GT3 race car at The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at the Laguna Seca Raceway. The car, together with members of the Bentley Motorsports team, will be on display in the Laguna Seca Raceway paddock from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August. Following this appearance, the Continental GT3 will continue its programme of developmental track work ahead of the planned return to competitive racing in 2014.

Auctions of Vintage and Classic Cars

Pebble Beach is renowned for its car auctions and the highlight of the series of vintage Bentleys to be auctioned during the week is the 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged Le Mans. This car is one of only three Original Le Mans Specification production Supercharged cars built and it is perhaps a quirk of fate that this car is to be auctioned at the same time as the new Le Mans Limited Edition debuts in the United States.

In 2013, the following classic Bentleys are being auctioned, including some of the most significant Bentleys in the marque’s history.

Bonhams will auction one Bentley on Friday, August 16th -

  • 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Supercharged Le Mans

Gooding and Company will auction three Bentleys between Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th -

  • 1929 Bentley Speed Six Grafton Coupe

  • 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

  • 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Saloon

RM Auctions will auction two Bentleys on Saturday, August 18th -

  • 1932 Bentley 8-Litre Saloon

  • 1937 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Concealed Head Coupe

 

ENDS

For further information about this press release please contact:

Graeme Russell – Head of PR & Communications

Graeme.Russell@Bentley-USA.com

Tel +1 703 364 7980

Mobile +1 248 464 9100

Corey Proffitt – PR Manager

Corey.Proffitt@Bentley-USA.com

Tel +1 703 364 7981

Mobile +1 248 613 7438

For further information on Bentley please visit:

Media site www.bentleymedia.com

Twitter @BentleyMotorsPR

You Tube www.youtube.com/bentleymotors

For additional information on the Bentley Le Mans Edition models, please visit: http://lemansedition.bentleymotors.com.

Notes to editors

1. Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £1bn worth of goods in 2012. The company is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.

2. At the half-year point in 2013, Bentley’s deliveries to customers increased by nine per cent to 4,279 cars. The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region with 1,282 cars delivered to customers in the region, up 12 per cent on the same period in 2012. In Europe, deliveries grew by 22 per cent with 740 cars delivered to customers. In the UK, 698 cars were delivered to customers, a 25 per cent increase on the first half of 2012. In China 817 cars were delivered to customers, a 23 per cent decrease, which reflects anticipation of the new Flying Spur, the top selling Bentley in China, which becomes available later this year. The Middle East region performed extremely well with deliveries up 28 per cent to 394 cars. Asia Pacific also had an outstanding quarter, increasing its deliveries by 53 per cent to 222 cars and Japan saw growth of 28 per cent with 96 deliveries.

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