Bentley And Mulliner
The incredible skill and craftsmanship of the Mulliner talent, deliver unique designs for Bentley’s more discerning customers. The world of Mulliner make customers’ dreams a reality – anything is possible. Whether you desire the upholstery to display your monogram or you demand extensive, bespoke body modifications, the dedicated craftsmen at Mulliner can deliver this rare level of personalisation.
History Of Mulliner
The Mulliner brand dates back around 500 years. The company originally built deluxe horse-drawn carriages. This heritage and expertise informs the company’s ethos and attention to detail.
In 1923, Mulliner showcased their work on a Bentley chassis for the first time, exhibiting a two-seater 3 Litre Bentley at the Olympia Show in London.
In 1952, Mulliner coachbuilt the iconic Bentley R-Type Continental. In 1957 it introduced the Continental Flying Spur which was a special 4-door edition of the saloon which was based on the chassis of the Bentley Continental. Mulliner officially became part of Bentley Motors in 1959.
Bentley 1929 Team Blower Reborn
One of the most iconic cars from Bentley’s history – Sir Tim Birkin’s 1929 supercharged 4½-litre “Blower” – is to be reborn. The bespoking and coachwork specialists at Mulliner will handcraft 12 matching new-built cars. Together, the new cars will form the world’s first pre-war race car continuation series. Each of the 12 new Blowers will be identical to the original and they represent one for every race the original Team Blowers entered. Only minimal hidden changes will be implemented, to comply with modern safety concerns.
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, commented: “As we continue to commemorate 100 years of Bentley, we are combining a look to our past with the very latest digital technologies and techniques to create something truly extraordinary.” Team Blowers are the most valuable Bentleys in the world. This homage to the company’s heritage is a unique challenge for both Bentley and Mulliner. Only twelve fortunate customers will be able to own this incredible tribute to Bentley and its motoring history. It will take Mulliner around two years of meticulous work to complete this 12-car series.
Bentley Flying B Mascot
The distinctive symbol was designed by Charles Sykes. He created a ‘B’ with wings that looked the same from either side of the car. The upright, Flying B first appeared in the early 1930s as an option on an 8 Litre model for the princely sum of five guineas. The ‘B’ eventually became a standard fitment on most models. This original mascot complemented the flat, winged B badge commissioned by company founder W.O. Bentley when Bentley Motors launched in 1919. The iconic mascot has become synonymous with automotive excellence.
Bentley has announced recently that a newly-restyled mascot is to adorn the all-new Flying Spur. It will be the first time it has featured on a modern-day edition of the four-door Grand Tourer. Updated for the next century, the electronically-deployed, hood-mounted mascot will rise from underneath a modern Bentley badge. The mascot is electronically-controlled and illuminated, a part of the lighting sequence and keyless entry system as drivers approach the car. This hallmark of the brand’s excellence is a perfect example of their combined values of both retaining their heritage and looking to the future.
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