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Bentley prepares 10 special cars for Japanese marketplace

Hand-painted details are part of the Continental GT V8 Equinox Edition


Rarity is a factor in differentiating collector cars from those more routine vehicles, which would seem to indicate that the 10 Bentley Continental GT V8 Equinox Edition coupes someday will be destined to cross auction blocks.

But there is a catch: These limited-edition vehicles have been created for the Japanese automotive marketplace. Indeed, they will be available only in six Japanese cities.

“Based around a monochrome color theme of black, silver and white, the Equinox theme is one that brings power and grace through simplicity,” according to Bentley Mulliner. “Strictly limited to just ten examples, the Equinox Edition cars are destined for homes across Japan including the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Yokohama.”

Exterior styling includes “specially commissioned, high gloss, black carbon-fiber,” for the front splitter, rear diffuser, boot lip spoiler and side sills branded with metal Bentley wings inlays, Bentley notes. The cars also get a Moonbeam, which Bentley describes as a rich silver contrast hand-painted pinstripe along the edges of the carbon fiber bits.

Bentley Mulliner reports that it takes 5 days to apply the hand-painted details.

Bentley, Bentley prepares 10 special cars for Japanese marketplace, ClassicCars.com Journal

The interior is covered in Beluga hide with silver accents. Interior veneers are Piano Moonbeam over Grand Black and are “sprayed by hand, with care taken to ensure that the amount of light reflected at different angles from the metallic paint surfaces are consistent panel to panel across the car set. The painted veneer of the passenger fascia is finished with an elegant Mulliner logo inlay.”

Bentley notes that it takes 4,500 stitches of thread to create the Bentley wings logo embroidered into each headrest.

The cars carry twin-turbocharged 542-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engines and ride on 22-inch wheels. Pricing was not announced.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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