Bentley will make a welcomed return to the grounds of Blenheim Palace for Salon Privé 2020 to unveil a trio of handcrafted by Bentley Mulliner.
As Bentley’s in-house bespoke and personal commissioning division, Bentley Mulliner now operates a trio of portfolios to deliver exceptional craftsmanship across the Bentley model range – and beyond. All three portfolios will be represented together for the first time at Salon Privé. A new member of the Mulliner Collections family will be unveiled, alongside the public debut for the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and a post-restoration debut for one of the most famous Bentleys in history.
The Bentley Mulliner Classic offering was introduced last year with the announcement – at Salon Privé – that Bentley’s 1929 Team Blower was to be reborn with a new build of 12 supercharged 4½-litre examples of the iconic car.
This year, the Classic portfolio will be represented by revealing the stunning result of the last 12 months of work by a dedicated team of engineers and artisan craftspeople in restoring Bentley’s own Team Car, as raced by Sir Tim Birkin – the very car that’s provided the data and blueprints for the Continuation Series.
Salon Privé 2020 – Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era boasting open-air luxury and will make its public debut at Salon Privé. This definitive Grand Tourer spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world. Just 12 examples of this striking, limited-edition model are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance.
It draws on design DNA from the beautifully sculpted, award-winning EXP 100 GT which was recently crowned ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the prestigious French Festival Automobile International and ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by GQ magazine. All examples of the exquisite Bentley Mulliner Bacalar have already been allocated to customers from around the world.
To mark the history of Mulliner, Bentley will also bring two very special cars from the Heritage Collection. Bentley’s own 1930 8-Litre – previously the company car of W.O. Bentley himself, and wearing an HJ Mulliner body – will lead a convoy of modern Bentleys arriving at the event. It will be joined in that procession by perhaps the most iconic Mulliner-bodied car in history – the R-Type Continental of 1952, still considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time. The fastest, four-seat sports car of the era, the R-Type’s iconic beauty continues to influence design today through the Bentley Continental GT.
Bentley Returns to Live Events
Bentley has been widely recognised for its leading role in the UK automotive industry during the COVID-19 crisis. The introduction of 250 changes to the company’s headquarters and factory in Crewe meant that production could restart safely and effectively, and has since reached 100% capacity. Now, the same meticulous and careful approach will be extended to Bentley’s live events programme, starting with Salon Privé 2020.
Thorough measures being taken by the event organisers include temperature checks for all attendees before admittance, and a five-times-daily schedule of fogging with Hypochlorous Acid, a non-toxic and proven coronavirus-destroying disinfectant. Beyond that, the Bentley Mulliner stand will require the mandatory wearing of face masks for all staff and guests, and a full track-and-trace system will be in place for all visitors.
The stand will be designed in a way that visitors are automatically socially-distanced from staff, and not able to enter the cars on display. A one-way system will ensure that socially distancing between guests is easy to maintain, hand sanitiser will be readily available to all, and the stand and its cars will be constantly cleaned by a dedicated team.