Betcha you’ve never seen a rainbow-coloured Bentley before?

Bentleys, like Rolls-Royces, are stately vehicles, usually finished in distinguished black or other sombre shade.

But when Bentley staff were asked to create their own personalised Bentley Mulliner Bacalar, the winning entry turned out to be the most colourful Bentley ever seen on Planet Earth.

The contest was judged by the brand’s design chief, Stefan Sielaff, and the ‘exterior’ winner was Eleanor, whose rainbow-themed concept “reflected the current situation with a symbol of gratefulness and hope.”

The rainbow paint scheme combines seven striking Bentley hues: Dragon Red II, Orange Flame, Yellow Flame, Apple Green, Jetstream II, Sequin Blue and Azure Purple.

The two-seat Bacalar marks a return by Bentley to bespoke coachbuilder Mulliner, said to be the world’s oldest coachbuilding company. 

Only 12 of these grand tourers will be built, all engineered and handcrafted to the client’s individual tastes. 

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All are powered by an enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo engine, which produces 485kW.

Produced in world’s first certified carbon neutral factory for luxury car production, the exclusive open-top vehicle is crafted with a range of “ethically-sourced” materials, including rice husk ash paint and 5000-year-old Riverwood.

“Although real-world production is limited to just 12 cars, anyone is able to imagine their dream specification from Bentley’s unrivalled spectrum of interior and exterior colours,” the company says.

“As Bentley starts its recovery and continues to support the community, its own version of the rainbow can be created from a paint range as diverse as it is extensive, from rich reds through vibrant mid-tones through to energetic blues and purples.”

How much for one of the 12?

How does $2 million sound? And were talking US dollars.


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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