Bentley Celebrates 70 Years of Design with Four Heritage Exterior Colors

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Bentley Celebrates 70 Years of Design with Four Heritage Exterior Colors

The design department at Bentley Motors combed the archives for historical exterior paints that could fittingly commemorate 70 years of Bentley design. One of the paint options seeing a revival, Dove Grey, dates back to the 1930s during the Derby-era days.

Besides Dove Grey, classics such as Oxford Blue, Old English, and Claret add a timeless touch to modern Bentley models. All are available to order today as part of the Mulliner and Extended palette. These four heritage colors stretch across 30 years of the luxury brand’s history, including a color taken from the legendary R-Type Continental.

The British automaker made Claret, a rich duo-tone that exudes warmth and solidity, specifically for use on Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Bentley. Applied to all Royal Bentleys in service since the 1940s, the Royal Claret inspired this unique shade. Meanwhile, Old English White is a solid white finish dating back to the 1950s, which Bentley says is suitable for any model in its lineup. Among the darkest blues in the palette, Oxford Blue is a solid color first created in the 1960s that later returned in 1998 as part of the Diamond Series.

The in-house design team also learned that over 15 colors from the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide have been available for more than 50 years. Sage Green, for example, is currently the choice for the Flying Spur V-8 in the press fleet at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe. This green exterior finish, made in the 1950s, provides the perfect contrast to the Blackline appearance package on the latest grand touring sedan.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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