Bentley commissions unique Mulliner cars to celebrate two decades in China
Bentley Mulliner has created a unique collection of new Bentleys to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the British marque’s presence in China. Each of the four unique models has been inspired by a famous location in London, where W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in 1919. Mulliner’s considered design and meticulous handcraftsmanship have been applied to the Continental GT, Continental GTC, Flying Spur, and Bentayga to create the four families of cars within the collection, each numbered as one of 20 to denote its exclusivity. The four models – The Guard, The Carnaby, The Pall Mall, and The Savile Row – introduce unique designs, embroidery, and Mulliner features that characterise the cars and celebrate their iconic London muses. 20 cars in each family are due to be individually handcrafted by Mulliner, and all are destined for Chinese clients.
The first car in the collection is The Guard, inspired by the famous Royal Guards who protect the Royal Household. St James Red pearlescent paint with a Beluga roof mimics the red tunic and 18” black bearskin hats worn by the Guards. The bodywork is complemented by 21” ten-spoke wheels, painted black but with a bright machined finish, and a carbon fiber Styling Specification body kit (front splitter, side sill extensions, rear diffuser, and boot lid spoiler) also painted in Beluga but finished with a Moonbeam pinstripe. Subtle ‘The Guard’ exterior badges in black, denoting the car as one of 20, adorn the front wings.
Inside the cabin, a bespoke three-tone color split in Linen, Beluga, and Hotspur is completed by Beluga lambswool rugs. Veneers match the leather, being finished in Piano Hotspur over Piano Black, demonstrating Mulliner’s ability to paint wood veneer to match any interior hide or exterior paint hue. Contrast stitching and piping add the final accents of color.
The gold tunic buttons of the Guards’ uniform are reflected by Gold Organ Stops to control the cabin heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, while the speakers of the Bang & Olufsen sound system are finished in black and gold to match. Headrest embroidery, an overlay to the passenger fascia, and bespoke treadplates all carry The Guard graphics.
The Convertible model in the collection is The Carnaby, based on Carnaby Street in London’s Soho district. Known for its energetic and lively atmosphere and bright colors, Carnaby Street has inspired an equally vibrant Bentley available in four different colors – Radium, Jetstream II, Orange Flame, and Onyx. 22” wheels are black-painted and then finished with a solid white (Arctica) accent, which is matched by an Arctica pinstripe to the Styling Specification body kit. The Carnaby badging is fitted to the front wings.
Inside, bespoke Radium hide accents and matching contrast stitching in both Radium and Silver bring a splash of vibrancy through Beluga leather, along with a colorful diamond motif set into the passenger fascia, that represents the four colors in the family.
The center console features new dark tint diamond brushed aluminum, while embroidery uses the same diamond motif as the fascia – with the exterior color shown more boldly in the four-color design.
The Pall Mall
In 2002, the same year that the first Bentley was sold in China, Bentley delivered a new State Limousine to Her Majesty The Queen, in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. 20 years later, the car is still the official State Limousine of Her Majesty and is often seen on formal and state occasions.
The Pall Mall Flying Spur is a 2022 homage to the State Limousine, featuring bespoke duo-tone Beluga over Claret paint with matching 22” ten-spoke wheels in a claret-painted and bright-machined finish. Exterior bright chrome work and a “The Pall Mall” badge on the C-pillar complete the regal exterior.
In the four-seat cabin, a bespoke and unique front-to-rear color split separates the rear seats from the front, flowing from Imperial Blue in the front to the bespoke hide color of Baroda Blue (color-matched to the hide in the State Limousine) for the rear seats. A full-length center console separates the two rear seats. The veneer uses one wood species with two different finishes – Open Pore Burr Walnut over High Gloss Burr Walnut, for a beautiful combination of pattern and texture. The rear doors are finished with Burr Walnut, while the backs of the front seat house picnic tables are finished in Piano Baroda Blue.
The finishing touches to the cabin include bespoke micro-piping in Pale Gold, contrasting with seat piping in Imperial Blue. A bespoke crown motif is embroidered to the seats, and the rear seats include loose leather-trimmed cushions. The crown motif is also repeated as a veneer overlay in Gold to the center rear console, the passenger fascia, and the rear door panels.
The Savile Row
The final car in the collection is The Savile Row – a Bentayga that uses the world-renowned home of tailoring as its inspiration. Traditional tailoring materials are given a modern twist, with a design that pays respect to the craftspeople of Savile Row.
Clean Cumbrian Green bodywork is twinned with 22” ten-spoke wheels, Cumbrian Green-painted and with a bright machined finish. Inside, the four-seat cabin with a rear center console uses a beautiful bespoke color split in Cumbrian Green and Portland hides, with carefully selected areas of contrast stitching. Mulliner’s ‘Serenity’ seat quilting to the seats, doors, and backboard is complemented by bespoke and exclusive High Gloss Burr Elm veneer on the fascias, center consoles, and door waist rails – the first time this veneer has been used in a modern Bentley.
Embroidery showing a suit and bow tie is stitched to the headrests, while the special model is also denoted by an overlay in the passenger fascia and by bespoke treadplates, along with exterior badging to the D pillar.
In total, just 80 units will be made available in this bespoke Bentley Mulliner collection, 20 in each different series, but all of them will be sold exclusively to Chinese clients, and it seems they will sell out quickly as these unique Mulliner specials are in high demand on that market, I wonder if we will see these being exported later on to other regions … if so, you’ll end up with a really rare and exclusive car on your driveway.