To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Bentley’s design division, the Mulliner team selected from their own palette of body paints the still-used historical shades, the oldest of which dates back to the 1930s. This is the Dove Gray color scheme (pictured below) of the so-called Derby era. This is the period between 1933 and 1940, when the production of Bentley cars was established at the Rolls-Royce factory in the English city of the same name.
In addition to Dove Gray, Mulliner’s expanded palette includes Claret, Old English White and Oxford Blue. The first was created in the early 2000s specifically for two Bentley State Limousines, presented as a gift to Elizabeth II in honor of the 50th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. However, the burgundy hue is based on the Royal Claret color scheme, which has been used for royal Bentleys since the 1940s. Old English White dates from the 1950s and can be seen, for example, on the iconic R-Type Continental.
Oxford Blue is one of the darkest blues in the Bentley palette. It was first used in the 1960s, and in 1998 it was restarted for the Diamond series machines. All in all, there are 86 body colors in the Mulliner palette, and 15 of them are more than 50 years old. These “ancient” colors include, for example, the pale green Sage Green, which is painted in the press park Flying Spur V8. On the sedan, the paint from the 50s is combined with a two-tone white-green interior and black exterior décor Blackline Specification.
Also in the catalog of the atelier there are many other interesting shades. For example, Royal Ebony, introduced in the 1990s as a modern interpretation of the classic black paint, or Arctica, designed for Arnage in 1998. The mystical dark emerald Viridian, inspired by the color of the EXP 10 Speed 6 show car, can now be seen on the collectible Continental GT Number 9 Edition and the exclusive Bentayga Hybrid for The Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland.