Priced from $400,000 the Bentley Continental GT is an incredible sports car, designed to whisk occupants across the country at speeds of more than 300km/h.
A 6.0-litre 12 cylinder W12 engine delivers a staggering 467kW of power and 900Nm of torque, propelling the monster from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 333km/h.
Launched in 2003, we’ve been lucky enough to drive one — and at speed.
But for the vast majority of punters owning a Continental GT remains a dream . . . or does it?
Bentley has just taken the wraps off a range of models that would make an impressive addition to any den or office desk, ranging in scale from 1:64 to 1:43, and even a 1:8 version that, just like the real thing — can be customised to taste.
The intricately detailed models are exquisite in every detail and can be customised with a range from mock veneers and carpets to seat quilting and fluting.
Thousands of hours of work and meticulous attention to detail go into crafting the exquisite models.
The piece de resistance, the 1:8 scale model measures 78cm in length, 40cm in width and 24.4cm in height, and is priced from around $13,000 Aussie dollars.
The exacting details of a full-size car are mimicked in miniature throughout the cabin of the carefully-crafted replica.
The tiny steering wheel features impeccably-copied cross-stitching, the iconic seat quilting and fluting is mirrored on the small yet detailed scale, and the model car even mimics the lustrous wood veneers and plush carpets that characterise the original.
Even the doors and boot open to allow one to admire the intricately replicated interior in close detail.
To ensure complete accuracy, the 1:8 models have been developed under the close supervision of the Bentley Design Studio from the moment of order to final delivery.
Each exquisite, made-to-order model is painstakingly replicated to mirror the details of the full-size car.
More than 1000 tiny, individual pieces are used to hand-build this collector’s piece, taking about 300 hours in total.
Customers are able to choose from an extensive range of bespoke interior and exterior options, tailored to their individual specification.
From the colours of the paint, seats and stitching, to the choice of veneer effect, wheels and alloys.
All colours and finishes are precision-matched to Bentley’s authentic paints, leathers, woods and other materials.
For the most knowledgeable fans, fun can be had commissioning a model that mirrors landmark Continental GT’s from recent history.
For example, selecting Citric paint, a Beluga interior, carbon fibre veneers and red and diamond turned 21 inch wheels match the black-wrapped Continental GT Supersports Convertible that broke the world ice speed record in 2011, driven by champion Juha Kankkunen.
Others may prefer to choose the Viridian green first created by Mulliner in 2019 to launch the limited edition Continental GT Number 9 Edition.
The model car pictured has been finished with Sequin Blue exterior paint and a Linen and Beluga interior – a classic combination.
The 1:8 scale model is crafted in resin and sits on a majestic varnished plinth to create a spectacular display piece for your home or office, and to be passed down through the generations as an heirloom piece.
The full list of options includes exterior paint colour, wheels and alloys, lower grille, brake calipers, number plate, left or right driver position, interior colour split, main hide colour, secondary hide colour, seat quilting, seat fluting, veneers, and carpets.
The option for the iconic Blackline Specification is also available.