Not to be outdone by Rolls-Royce’s year of the dragon special edition Phantom, Bentley has announced its own special Continental Flying Spur model for the Chinese market.

Developed in collaboration with British design firm Linley, only 10 of the special Continental Flying Spurs will be built and all of them headed to China.

They will incorporate signature Linley elements designed to appeal to customers who value age old handcrafted quality and peerless design.

Specially selected Linley veneers in Santos rosewood are being applied to the fascia, consol, door innards and roof console of the Flying Spur, adding a warm and rich feel to the cabins. The veneers cover the entire wood surfaces of the model, where Bentley chestnut or walnut would normally be used.

The iconic Linley Helix motif has been taken from Linley’s own furniture collection and is being set, using the highly specialized skill of ‘marquetry’ inlay, into the special Continental Flying Spurs’ wood panels. The pattern is made up of four different types of veneer which contrast with the Santos rosewood to show the wave effect delivered by the marquetry.

In addition, the rear console is being modified for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor. A special box has been designed by Linley which drops into a unique console. Bentley has reconfigured the console so that the box can fit in, moving things around and creating a space.

Other modifications include stainless steel treadplates, a special rhodium-plated plaque in the glove box, and a matching set of Linley branded leather bags.

Of course, all 10 have already been accounted for.