Memo from Emirates to Bentley head office:

We’ve got five Grand Ms here. They’ve been sitting down the back for six years. Nobody wants them — what do you want to do with them?

Head office: Five? Are you sure? Okay, okay, don’t get your knickers in a knot — we’ll take them off your hands.

The five cars in question are five even more bespoke examples of the bespoke Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner.

Bespoke because they’ve been stretched a further metre and because they have an extra 79mm headroom in the back.

The cars were all hand built by Mulliner in 2015 and shipped to their destination in the United Arab Emirates, but have never been used or registered.

Originally created as a private commission, Bentley Mulliner was then given the okay to build a limited run of cars for “like-minded” customers.

Five of these cars have recently become available for purchase through Bentley’s retail partner in the United Arab Emirates, Bentley Emirates, with delivery available anywhere in the world as required — COVID permitting of course.

The Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is the ultimate example of the extraordinary skills and abilities of Bentley’s in-house bespoke division.

With production of the Mulsanne finishing last year, these models represent a unique chance for customers to acquire an iconic piece of modern Bentley history.

The cars available for sale each have their own unique identities and specifications, to suit any taste:

  • Silver Frost over Moroccan Blue exterior paint, paired with an Imperial Blue and Linen interior completed by Burr Walnut veneer
  • Damson over Black Crystal paintwork, complemented by Damson and Twine leathers and Dark Stained Burr Walnut veneer
  • Onyx over Candy Red exterior, with a Hotspur and Camel interior finished with Olive Ash veneer
  • Rubino Red over Light Gazelle bodywork, with an interior in Fireglow and Twine leather paired with Burr Walnut veneer
  • A single tone Black Sapphire exterior, with an Imperial Blue and Camel interior contrasted by Dark Stained Burr Walnut veneer

 

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The stretched model sits on a chassis and suspension specially re-engineered by Bentley.

Power is provided by Bentley’s iconic 6.75-litre twin turbo V8, with 377kW of power and massive 1020Nm of torque.

It rides on unique 21-inch wheels that have been treated to match the car’s paint job, while the Flying ‘B’ on the bonnet is also bespoke with a plinth engraved with the words: ‘Coachbuilt by Mulliner’.

The Grand Mulsanne is designed to seat four in the back in equal and ultimate comfort, with two forward and two rear facing seats — all with their own air conditioning.

The partition separating the front and rear of the car features electrochromic ‘smart glass’, the first time this technology has been implemented in a Bentley.

At the touch of a button, the entire panel can be switched from transparent to opaque, for complete privacy.

Luxurious appointments include a bottle cooler with crystal flutes between the front facing seats, along with a beverage cabinet with bespoke crystal tumblers between the rear facing seats.

Veneered, folding picnic tables allow the occupants to work comfortably on the move, with iPad docking and charging stations.

Bentley craftsmanship is further evidenced by the three handmade dials, which display UK and local time, alongside the exterior temperature.

The finest materials have been applied throughout, using Bentley’s world-renowned skills with leather and wood, with the higher roof and extra length offering a true sense of space in which to relax.

The Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is truly the ultimate space in which to work or relax on the move.

The price? No idea. If you need to ask — forget it!

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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