Bentley has been enjoying a buoyant 2011, with global sales in the first half of the year up by 20 per cent. Now the company is joining forces with another distiguished British brand, Linley, adding extra lustre to some of the world's most luxurious vehicles.

This very British collaboration involves the creation of a limited edition of 10 Continental Flying Spurs (CFS). These models will be sold in China, which is currently Bentley's fastest growing market.

If you don't hang out in London's ritziest streets or read Hello! magazine, you may not be aware that David Linley (HM the Queen's nephew) founded his furniture company in 1985.

Linley's contribution to the Bentley Limited Edition CFS won't be hard to spot. Instead of plain old Bentley chestnut or walnut adorning their wood surfaces, discerning buyers will be enjoying the designer's specially selected Santos rosewood veneers.

What else will Linley be doing to jazz up the Bentley Limited Edition CFS? Fans of the Linley Helix motif (from the Linley Helix Furniture Collection) will be excited to hear that it will no longer be restricted to home use.

Thanks to the marvels of marquetry, this "iconic" pattern of four types of veneer will be set into the waist-rails and picnic table of the the Bentley Limited Edition CFS. Apparently, it makes a nice contrast with all that rosewood.

That's not all, folks! Buyers will also revel in:

  • A customer-commissioned Linley humidor, located in the rear console
  • Stainless steel Linley treadplates and a Linley for Bentley rhodium-plated plaque lurking discreetly in the glove box
  • A special Linley branded leather bag containing a cashmere blanket

Sadly there's no news on a matching Linley-designed iPhone case in Santos rosewood veneer.

Let's leave the final word(s) on this British success story to Bentley's senior designer, Brett Boydell: "We have achieved a very high-class product which has the recognisable signs of Linley entwined into a Bentley."

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