They’re not cheap gifts, but you’re going to make someone very happy with these gifts

If you’re still in a quagmire over what to get your car-loving friends and family for Christmas, Bentley has a few options on the table, all of which are of the 1:43 scale toy variety. The British automaker is launching a new line of 1:43 scale toy models featuring some of the most desirable Bentleys you can find in the market. The new collection includes the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed that Bentley showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition that’s limited to just 100 units. The 1:43 scale 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed and the 1:43 scale Continental GT Convertible cost £125 each while the 100-piece Mulsanne W.O. Edition costs £150. All three 1:43 scale models are available at Bentley’s online store: shop.bentleymotors.com.

The New Bentley Continental GT

These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley's Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift
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The new Bentley Continental GT is arguably one of the suavest luxury cars in the market today. It’s effortlessly elegant and refined in ways that you’ve come to expect from a vehicle that’s wearing a Bentley badge. Unfortunately for most of us, the new Continental GT also costs more than $200,000, making it financially unreachable for a lot of people, myself included. Well, that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming of owning one, and if you’re the type who can settle for something close to the new Continental GT, a 1:43 scale version just might be what the doctor ordered.

The replica Continental GT is faithful to its real-life counterpart. The details are incredibly tight, right down to the unmistakable front fascia and the streamlined curves and sculptural lines that have come to define the Continental GT nameplate since its introduction in 2003.

To make it more desirable, Bentley chose a beautiful polished blue shade on the 1:43 scale model — Sequin Blue — and complemented it with an interior that’s dressed in Linen and Beluga. It might not be a true-to-the-world scaled version of the new Continental GT, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a miniaturized version that’s as impeccably detailed and well-crafted as this one.

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It makes you feel that you own a car that packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to help the new Continental GT accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 189 mph.

2019 Bentley Continental GTC V8 specifications
Engine 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V-8
Horsepower 542 HP
Torque 568 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 198 mph

But the best part of this 1:43 scale version of the new Continental GT is that it’ll only cost you £125 to own one. That converts to around $163, not including shipping.

Read our full review on the 2019 Bentley Continental GTC

2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley's Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift
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If you want something with more of a golden touch, you can opt for the 1:43 scale of the 2006 Bentley Mulsanne Speed. Mind you, Bentley didn’t just create a scaled version of any Mulsanne Speed — as if there are a lot of them, to begin with. Bentley chose the same version of the Mulsanne Speed that the automaker unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, including the exact specifications of the said show car.

We dug up photos of the 2016 Mulsanne Speed that Bentley showcased in Geneva more than three years ago and, well, Bentley wasn’t lying. The same Julep exterior body paint that the automaker used on the real concept is the same color the 1:43 scale model is wearing. It’s not just the exterior paint color, too. The Beluga interior is also similar to the one the Geneva show car is wearing, and if you look close enough, you’ll also notice that the scale model’s wheels carry the same design as the Geneva show car. That’s the kind of attention-to-detail that Bentley is known for.

It would be a treat to see the 1:43 scaled version of the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed in action. The luxury sedan’s 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine produces 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to help the real Mulsanne Speed accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. It’s too bad that if we want to feel what it’s like to hit those speeds on a Bentley, we’d have to pay close to $300,000 to experience it.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed specifications
Engine 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 530 HP
Torque 811 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.8 seconds
Top Speed 190 mph

I suppose spending £125 on the 1:43 scaled version of the Mulsanne Speed is a good consolation prize.

Read our full review on the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition

These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley's Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift
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Back at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley presented the Mulsanne W.O. Edition as a tribute to the company founder Walter Owen Bentley’s 100th birthday. Bentley’s in-house personalization division, Mulliner, took the task of creating the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, and among the notable features that Mulliner threw into each model of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition is a piece of the crankshaft from W.O. Bentley’s personal car.

Unfortunately, that specific detail is not available in the 1:43 scale model of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, though if you think about it, every other notable detail is present in the toy version. The Onyx Black exterior paint finish is the same paint that Mulliner used to dress up the special edition Mulsanne. Likewise, the Fireglow upholstery in the cabin of the 1:43 Mulsanne W.O. Edition matches the specifications of the real-life Mulsanne W.O. Edition. The chrome details on the radiator grille and hood strip are also taken straight from Mulliner’s Mulsanne W.O. files. Oh, and those wheels? Black-on-black never looked so good in the real or toy world.

The Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

2016 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition specifications
Engine 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 505 HP
Torque 752 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.3 seconds
Top Speed 184 mph
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Now for the bad news. All 100 units of the real Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition are spoken for. There’s no way for any of us to buy one unless we hit up the secondary market, and even then, the price tag for one could fetch way more than the Mulsanne’s $500,000 price.

The silver lining, of course, is that you don’t have to spend that much money to buy a Mulsanne WO Edition. You can scoop one of the 100 units of the 1:43 scale Mulsanne WO Edition for a fraction — a fraction! — of the price. The cost of buying the 1:43 scale Mulsanne WO Edition adds up to only £150. That’s $195 based on current exchange rates.

Read our full review on the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition

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Range of Bentley scale models for fans and collectors offers exquisite opportunity to appreciate historic and modern Bentleys
Faithful model replica of Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner reflects full-size original in a limited edition of just 100 pieces
Homage to the 1930 8-litre Grand Tourer, named after the famed Mulsanne Corner at Le Mans, which was the personal car of Bentley founder Walter Owen Bentley
Build a collection that captures the streamlined power curves and sculptural lines of Bentley’s most iconic cars
Details on shop.BentleyMotors.com
(Crewe, 19th December, 2019) When W.O Bentley designed his 8-litre black-on-black Mulsanne in 1930, with its ultra-luxurious, wood-trimmed interior, he could scarcely have imagined that this car would form the inspiration for a collectable miniature masterpiece in the company’s Centenary year.

Limited to just 100 pieces like its full-size namesake, the resin model of the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner is a collector’s dream come true. Capturing the imposing lines of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, created to celebrate Bentley’s Centenary, the details of this special vehicle, including its Onyx paintwork and Fireglow upholstery, are skilfully replicated in a 1:43 scale model crafted from the design files used to create the full-size car.

Bentley’s Mulliner coachbuilding division designed the Mulsanne W.O. Edition with almost a century’s worth of Bentley history in mind, with particular influence drawn from the 1930s, when W.O. delivered his final Mulsanne project. In design and detail the miniature bears the authentic stamp of W.O.’s vision and brilliantly captures the essence of the full-size Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, with its 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 that offers 505bhp and can accelerate the car from 0-62mph in 5.3sec.

Another beautiful member of the Mulsanne miniatures family comes an earlier 1.43 scale model, the Mulsanne Speed car based on the full-size namesake revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This delightful Mulsanne references a magnificent Bentley that combines driving satisfaction with the highest levels of automotive luxury.

Featuring a more powerful version of Bentley’s mighty 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, the Mulsanne Speed is truly tailored for the driver. With 530 bhp, a sprint to 60 mph in 4,8 seconds and a top speed of 190mhp – unbeaten in the ultra-luxury sector – the combination of driving satisfaction and supreme comfort is world-beating.

Finished with the exact same specification as the launch car of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the scale model’s ultimate expression of luxury and performance is perfectly produced in resin with a Julep exterior and Beluga interior. Made in Italy and presented in a Bentley gift box this model car would grace the office desk or coffee table of any aspiring young entrepreneur or CEO.

It is the supreme model expression of the 400 hours it takes to build a Mulsanne, about 150 of them dedicated to creating the sumptuous leather interior – stitched, shaped and finished entirely by hand. Contrast stitching alone on the completed seats, door and other leather accoutrements takes 37 hours to complete.

Bringing the options in Bentley’s 1:43 model car range bang up to date in the company’s 2019 Centenary year, the new Continental GT Convertible is characterised by the exact levels of verisimilitude found in the driver-focused, elegant and exquisitely crafted road version. With its effortlessly elegant and sharply defined and sculpted exterior, the body and materials combine to make a truly breath-taking miniature version of the full-size original new Continental GT Convertible.

Creating a perfect rendition of the full-size 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine production car with 542 bhp and acceleration of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph, the thrill and excitement of the original can be experienced in a diminutive version that provides hours of enjoyment.

Available in Sequin blue with Beluga and Linen Interior the 1:43 scale resin replica draws inspiration from all the hallmarks of unparalleled luxury and cutting edge technology found in the road car.

Imagine being a passenger in the front seat, the car changing from a comfortable coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button, with the fabric hood being deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, as the car travels at speeds of up to 30 mph. The hand-crafted cabin also reflects the unrivalled refinement of the contemporary and stylish Continental GT Convertible.

In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. The guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world today. Just as with their full-size originals, Bentley’s miniature collection displays the same commitment to being best in class, with a collection designed to thrill the hearts of all Bentley owns and fans.

Each of these intricately detailed model cars are available to order via shop.BentleyMotors.com.

1:43 Mulsanne W.O Edition by Mulliner, £150 - shop.bentleymotors.com/products/1-43-mulsanne-centenary-le

1:43 Mulsanne Speed

https://shop.bentleymotors.com/products/1-43-mulsanne-speed-2016

1:43 New Continental GT Convertible https://shop.bentleymotors.com/products/1-43-new-continental-gt-convertible-model

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About Bentley Motors
Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Bentayga, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. 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 car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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