Bentley’s 1,000th Mulliner project is a one-off purple Bentayga

Bentley’s Mulliner division completed its 1,000th project in July 2021, and the milestone car is one you can’t miss unless you park it in a lavender field. It’s a one-off Bentayga painted purple and fitted with special interior accents.

It took seven years for Mulliner to reach this milestone; it formed its own design team in 2014. It designed the sweet potato-colored Bentayga for an anonymous client in Europe who worked closely with the division to create a one-of-a-kind SUV. Look beyond the exterior (or try, at least), and you’ll see the cabin features Olive Ash wood trim, which is normally found in the now-retired Mulsanne, plus twin-stitching on the seats and on the door panels.

Mulliner’s work extends far beyond unusual paint colors and new stitching patterns. Its first project was bringing a limited-edition model named Flying Spur Serenity to life. The sedan received redesigned seats, among other features. It also developed stone veneers for some of Bentley’s cars, a variant of the Mulsanne Speed named Blue Train that honors Bentley’s racing heritage, a Mulsanne-based six-seater limousine, and the Bacalar roadster, which is limited to 12 examples worldwide. It’s based on the Continental GT, but the two models share no body panels.

It has also applied its expertise to a handful of unusual projects. For example, Mulliner sometimes helps design the liveries worn by Bentley’s GT3 race cars. It fine-tuned details on the 1929 Team Blower continuation car, and its resume also includes creating scale models, sculptures, plus picnic baskets complete with silverware and glasses.

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