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by David Zalstein

Six limited edition versions of the Bentley Continental GT and Mulsanne have been revealed, taking inspiration from the marque’s six Le Mans 24 Hour victories.

Announced to mark the 90th year of the iconic French endurance race and Bentley’s participation in the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hour event in 1923, the six limited edition models pay tribute to victorious Bentley drivers John Duff, Dudley Benjafield, Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin, Glen Kidston, and Guy Smith.

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Available on the Bentley Continental GT coupe, convertible and GT Speed, and the Bentley Mulsanne, only 48 examples of each Le Mans limited edition will be produced, celebrating the British brand’s wins in 1924, 1927-1930 and 2003 – the last achieved in the Bentley Speed 8.

Each car features a unique ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ numbered badge, clock face, embroidered headrests and illuminated door sill plates, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, drilled alloy pedals, sports suspension, and two-piece five-spoke dark-tint alloy wheels along with interior trim and exterior colours specific to each version named for a winning driver.

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Bentley Motors president and COO Christophe Georges said the company was very proud of its motorsport heritage and was excited to celebrate its historic wins at Le Mans.

“The Le Mans Limited Edition models showcase our performance and handcrafted luxury through these unique, heritage inspired specifications,” Georges said.

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While the limited edition models are already an exclusive proposition, that rarity is furthered by only being available to buyers in North America.

The Continental GT-based models will be available by mid-year, with models based on the Mulsanne to follow at the beginning of the third quarter.

Late last year, Bentley unveiled its Continental GT3 concept race car at the 2012 Paris motor show, hinting at the brand’s intention to return to Le Mans racing.

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