Bentley Motors’ design department searched its archives for historical exterior paints that would commemorate 70 years of Bentley design. The paint color Dove Grey, which is seeing a revival, dates back to the 1930s during the Derby era.
In addition to Dove Grey, classic colors like Oxford Blue, Old English, and Claret give modern Bentley models a timeless touch. Those are the options included in the Mulliner and Extended palettes and are available to order today. The four heritage colors cover 30 years of the brand’s history, including a color taken from the legendary R-Type Continental.
Claret was made specifically for use on Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Bentley, a rich duo-tone that exudes warmth and solidity. Originally used with all Royal Bentley cars throughout the 1940s, the Royal Claret inspired this color. Furthermore, Old English White is a solid white finish dating back to the 1950s which Bentley says is suitable for all of its models. Oxford Blue, one of the darkest blues in the palette, was first created in the 1960s, but returned in 1998 as part of the Diamond Series.
As the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide turns 50 years old, the in-house design team was delighted to learn over 15 colors are still available. Sage Green, for instance, is current choice of the press fleet at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe for its Flying Spur V-8. This green exterior finish, from the 1950s, contrasts beautifully with the latest grand touring sedan’s Blackline appearance package.
Heritage-inspired exterior paint could be your best choice, if you want your brand new Bentley to be painted in a color with historical significance.