Using the archives, the Bentley Mulliner team has identified a number of exterior paints that date back to the 1930s. Dove Grey, Claret, Old English White, and Oxford Blue timeless colors are available to order today. The team has also discovered more than 15 colors that have been in service for over 50 years. One of these unique commissioned colors can be found at Bentley’s Headquarters in Crewe, where the latest addition to the press fleet is a Flying Spur V8 in Sage Green.
All of the paints at Crewe are applied by hand spraying method, complemented by the latest robotic technology delivering the best possible finish on each vehicle.
The new Flying Spur V8 press car is wrapped in Sage Green exterior paint from the 1950s. The colors split of the leather interior, Cumbrian Green and Portland, has been specified with carbon fiber technical finish. The Blackline specification includes the legendary Flying B mascot, radiator vanes, matrix grilles, side window surrounds, and lower door and rear bumper blades. The front and rear light bezels, door handles, wing vents and exhaust outlets also receive the same distinguished, darkened treatment.
Part of the Mulliner and Extended palette, the four paint colors cover a 30-year cross-section including a color being chosen from the era of one of the most iconic Bentleys – the R Type Continental. Dove Grey – one of Bentley’s longest-standing colors – dates back to the Derby-era Bentleys of the 1930s. Created specifically for use on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Bentley, Claret is a rich duo-tone color that was inspired by Royal Claret; the color used on all Royal Bentleys since the 1940s. Old English White from the Mulliner palette dates back to the 1950s. One of the darkest blues in the palette, Oxford Blue is a solid color that was first created in the 1960s and then re-launched as part of the Diamond Series in 1998.
Bentley offers one of the largest color palettes of any automotive manufacturer. All of the paints at Crewe are applied using skilled craftspeople with the latest technology to create the bespoke luxury vehicle.