In Brief

Bentley Continental GT Convertible Bavaria Edition: a classic British marque with a German twist

Legendary coachbuilder Mulliner creates a bespoke grand tourer for an anonymous buyer

bavarian_edition_by_mulliner_5.jpg

Ever since the dawn of the motor car in the late 1800s, engineers with a keen eye for design have strived to turn it into a mobile work of art. 

Among the great coachbuilders of yesteryear is Mulliner, a British design house that can trace its roots back to the 1500s. 

In those early days, the company focused on designing luxury horse-drawn carriages for the wealthy few. In 1923, Mulliner created its first bespoke design for a Bentley motor car, unveiling a unique take on the three-litre sports car at the Olympia Show in London. 

Following a handful of bespoke designs for Bentley through the 1950s, Mulliner became the official in-house coachbuilder at the British marque and moved its operations to the firm’s headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire. 

The latest bespoke model to come from the design team takes the form of a Bentley Continental GT Convertible. The one-off project is called the Bavaria Edition and features a number of design elements that are inspired by the German region. 

For example, the glacier white paintwork and contrasting imperial blue fabric roof is a nod to the hues of the Bavarian flag, notes Evo. There are also small Bavarian flags located behind the front wheel arches, distinguishing it from the regular Continental GTC. 

The Bavarian theme continues on the inside. The region’s flag is embroidered on all four headrests, while the blue leather seats and steering wheel contrast with the white dashboard. 

As a finishing touch, Mulliner has installed Bavaria Edition plaques behind the door sills, reminding drivers that this isn’t your average Bentley. 

The cost? It’s unlikely we’ll ever know, as the Bavaria Edition is a one-off model commissioned by an unknown customer. 

But as the regular Continental GT Convertible costs £175,100, it’s likely that Mulliner’s latest creation commands a significantly higher six-figure sum.

Recommended

Aston Martin DBX707: the fastest production SUV on sale
Aston Martin DBX707
Expert’s view

Aston Martin DBX707: the fastest production SUV on sale

BMW 2 Series Coupé: what the car critics say
BMW 2 Series Coupé 2022
Expert’s view

BMW 2 Series Coupé: what the car critics say

Black Badge Ghost: Rolls-Royce embraces the dark side
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost
In Review

Black Badge Ghost: Rolls-Royce embraces the dark side

Making money: investing in classic cars
Britain’s ten hottest collectable cars for 2022
Expert’s view

Making money: investing in classic cars

Popular articles

Why The Satanic Verses is still controversial
Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses
Getting to grips with . . .

Why The Satanic Verses is still controversial

Is World War Three on the cards?
Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine
In Depth

Is World War Three on the cards?

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 13 August 2022
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 13 August 2022

The Week Footer Banner