Bentley’s design department is turning 70 this year, and as part of the celebrations, the team has combed through their decades-old archives to look for unique and historic colours that they can recreate for the modern day.

In total, the team found 15 “new” colours from its historical documents, some dating back to the 1930s! And the best part is that they all can now be ordered by their customers today, including this sweet Sage Green colour that they’ve applied onto their press fleet’s Flying Spur V8.

Sage Green, Bentley Flying Spur V8

The light pastel-like green hue originated somewhere during the 1950s, and when paired to the Blackline specification on the Bentley Flying Spur which essentially blacks out most of its exterior trims, provides a unique high-contrast look that’s hard to not like.

To complement the new Sage Green hue, Bentley has specified the new Flying Spur V8 press car’s interior with a mix of Cumbrian Green and Portland, alongside a carbon fibre technical finish to highlight its modern interior design.

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Other colours that they’ve now “revived” as part of the birthday project include Dove Grey, one of Bentley’s longest-standing colours which dates back to the Derby-era Bentleys of the 1930s, as well as Claret, a two-tone colour that was created specifically for use on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Bentley – which was itself inspired by the Royal Claret colour that’s used on all Royal Bentleys since the 1940s!

There’s also Old English White from the 1950s, which is a solid white finish that Bentley says “lends a timeless air to any car”. Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum is Oxford Blue, “one of the darkest blues in the palette”, which was first created in the 1960s and then re-launched as part of the Diamond Series in 1998.

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These colours are now part of Bentley’s Mulliner and Extended colour palettes. If you’re looking for more personalisation, there’s also the Mulliner personal commissioning service, which offers even more historical colours for you to curate your own heritage-inspired paint job.

All of the paints at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe are applied by hand spraying expertise, complemented by the latest robotic technology to deliver the “best possible finish” on each car that rolls off its assembly line.