A spectacular line up of classic and new Bentley models took to the roads of Italy for the Mille Miglia 2012 Endurance challenge.

Two 41/2 litre Bentley Blowers, Continental W12 and V8 took on the 2012 Mille Miglia, a classic 1,000 mile endurance test through Italy. The 4½ litre Supercharged ‘Birkin Blower’ – raced extensively by the legendary Le Mans winner and Bentley Boy Tim Birkin has already successfully completed the Mille Miglia in 2005 and 2011.

The best of Bentley’s motoring past was accompanied across Italy by two modern Crewe-built cars – the 6.0 litre W12 Continental GT coupe and the recently launched 4.0 litre V8 GTC convertible – and a 1954 company-owned R-Type Continental. Widely regarded as one of the most elegant cars to have sported Bentley’s distinctive ‘Winged B’ emblem, the R-Type was also the world’s fastest four seat luxury saloon when it was launched in 1952 (delivering a top speed of 115mph) and this year marks the car’s 60th Anniversary