In an illustrious tribute to Bentley’s storied past, the final Mulsanne, a masterwork of automotive craftsmanship, joins the esteemed Heritage Collection. This remarkable Mulsanne, custom-built for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a testament to Bentley’s bespoke artistry and royal heritage. The vehicle, now residing at Bentley’s carbon-neutral Dream Factory in Crewe, England, epitomizes the pinnacle of luxury and royal service. It boasts unique features tailored for its distinguished role, including discreetly integrated blue police lights, a siren, and a bullhorn, all controlled by a hidden switch panel artfully concealed behind a walnut-veneered door.
Bentley Motors proudly announces the addition of this 2020 Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase to its Heritage Collection. The Mulsanne, the last handcrafted model from Bentley’s Crewe factory, returns home after dutiful service with the Royal household. This final Mulsanne merges regal elegance with Bentley’s renowned craftsmanship.
It features an exquisite Barnato green exterior paired with an interior adorned in Twine and Cumbrian hide, complemented by Burr Walnut wood veneers and deep lambswool carpets. The vehicle’s design intricately incorporates rear privacy curtains and the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, inlaid into the door waistrails. A custom-sized tray, replacing the front center armrests, was specially designed to accommodate the Queen’s handbag.
The Mulsanne’s impressive specifications include Bentley’s iconic 537PS 6.75-litre V8 engine, 21” alloy wheels, and chrome brightware embellishing the grille and front wing vents, crowned by the iconic Flying B emblem. This Mulsanne, set to be the third and final in Bentley’s Heritage Collection, joins two other significant models: the second Mulsanne ever built (VIN 0002 from 2010) and a 2019 Mulsanne Speed previously serving in Bentley’s press fleet.
The Mulsanne, first unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2009, marked a new era for Bentley with its novel 6.75-litre V8 engine, new chassis, and fresh exterior and interior designs. A significant update in 2016 introduced a redesigned interior and front end, enhancing the luxury quotient. The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, also launched in 2016, elevated rear-seat luxury with an extended footprint, electronic leg-rests, and privacy curtains. The Mulsanne’s journey culminated in 2020 with the ‘6.75 Edition by Mulliner’, commemorating the end of production for both the car and its legendary engine, after a decade of production and over 7,300 handcrafted units.
Bentley’s Heritage Collection, now encompassing 45 cars, traces the marque’s 104-year history, showcasing models from the oldest Bentley in the world (the 1919 3-Litre EXP2) to the 2021 Continental GT Speed. This collection, comprising 37 road-registered cars and eight legendary motorsport and record-breaking vehicles, narrates Bentley’s evolution and milestones. The collection, displayed at Bentley’s Dream Factory, is accessible to customers, VIPs, media, and Bentley colleagues, offering a unique window into the company’s rich legacy and continuing innovation.