Just seven years after its inception, Bentley’s Mulliner bespoke personalisation arm has now made its 1,000th project, and it’s a very purple Bentley Bentayga.
Lucky number 1,000 is not the most elaborate customisation work ever, with the customer only requesting for a bespoke interior consisting of Olive Ash (from the Mulsanne) trims on the dashboard, doors, and centre consoles, along with contrast twin stitch on the upper areas of the seats and door trims.
Still, it’s an impressive milestone for the custom design department, seeing that it has only been seven years since they launched their first project, a small 15-unit run of the Flying Spur ‘Serenity’ you see in the header photo above.
The Serenity focused on “increased levels of passenger comfort”, with re-engineered seats and headrests featuring the unique diamond quilting that went on to inspire today’s modern diamond design in the Continental GT Mulliner.
Mulliner’s curriculum vitae is an impressive one, with works ranging from jet-fighter inspired Continentals, a Bentayga with the interior split down the middle to differentiate between the driver and passenger sides, to completely unique Mulliner creations like the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar.
And their projects don’t just stop at actual cars. The Mulliner team also make accurate scale models for their customers, and were also instrumental in the creation of the optional picnic hampers for the Bentayga, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. The hampers itself can also be removed and used as seats.
Commenting on the milestone, Bentley’s Director of Mulliner and Motorsport Paul Williams said, “Since 2014, our Mulliner Design team has averaged three customer commissions a week, showing just how popular bespoke Bentleys are becoming. The team, led by Design Manager Phill Dean, has worked on everything from Continental GT3 liveries all the way up to the specifications and details of the 12 cars of the Blower Continuation Series.
“The only thing all of those designs have in common is that they are for individual customers – apart from that, each one is as unique as the rest.”
There’s almost no limit to what Mulliner can do, with the only constraints being the customer’s imagination and the law, or so says Bentley. We’ll see what they can do for the next 1,000 and beyond, but something tells us that they’re all going to be quite special.