Bentley Mulliner completes the final stages of crafting 12 of the rarest Bentleys of modern times – the exquisite Bacalar. The Bacalar is the ultimate expression of two-seat open-air luxury and was the first in a new series of top-of-the-line bespoke projects that led to a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the world’s oldest coachbuilder. The imminent completion of the Bacalars will allow the Mulliner team to focus on their next project, which will be unveiled shortly.
Eight Bacalars – each designed in a unique color by the customer – have now been handed over to their owners around the world, with the final four cars in the final stages of preparation at Mulliner’s Crewe workshop for transport and delivery. With each car taking about six months to complete, final tasks and quality checks mark the end of a long and incredibly detailed process to make each Bacalar according to the owner’s wishes.
Bacalar was brought to life by Bentley Mulliner to reinvigorate his specialty in supplying rare coach-built cars to only a few discerning customers. A roofless Barchetta design with an all new and highly muscular body, encompassing a wide range of options and materials, each Bacalar is truly unique, the result of direct interaction between the Bentley Mulliner design team and each individual customer. As with every car in the series, strictly limited to 12 units, all cars have every detail specified by their owners, and as such are completely custom made.
Each carbon fiber body is finished in a custom color to suit each individual customer, with no two cars being the same. The cars sit on unique 22-inch Tri-Finish rims, with polished surfaces, dark gray satin spokes and accent accents to complement the exterior.
Maria Mulder, Head of Colour, Materials and Finishes, comments;
‘Designing a Bacalar is an exercise in imagination, customizing the material, color and finish of virtually any interior and exterior surface. Regardless of your personal style, whether it’s specifying your Bacalar with a bold Yellow Flame exterior paint synthesized with rice husk ash, or a more subtle moss green that reflects Bentley’s heritage, developing your own craft trim or co-creating a unique fabric blend, the Bacalar has offered all these possibilities.’
Uniquely designed interior details and features emphasize the carriage-built character of the car, with an almost infinite number of ways for the 12 customers to express their personal taste and order a unique interior.
Durable, ethically sourced materials seen in the EXP 100 GT concept car have now become a reality in a number of Bacalars. These include rice husk ash paint, which provides a durable way to give a rich metallic finish, natural British wool and 5,000-year-old Riverwood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia.
From the use of precious inlays and unique finishes, to the driver’s controls, to the 148,199 individual stitches required to embroider the unique Bacalar quilt on each seat, owners will find details and components never seen before on a Bentley. seen.
Due to the nature of these personal orders, Bentley is unable to reveal the identities of the customers or where the cars are going. However, every customer shares a love of driving, along with a fervent appreciation for craftsmanship, authenticity and attention to detail, all closely associated with Mulliner.
A perfect example
One of the finished Bacalars took a prominent place on the Bentley show booth at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, during which time it was handed over to the new Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark. owner. The specification of the car is a perfect example of how every detail of a Bacalar was chosen by the customer.
This Bacalar was finished in custom Sunset Orange, with custom 22-inch tricolor wheels in dark gray satin with polished surfaces and gloss black accents that provide a bold contrast to the vibrant exterior. The headlight centers were color-matched to the Sunset Orange bodywork, flanking a series of gloss black grilles and bezels. The hood vents provided a texture difference that was finished in satin carbon fiber, as were the door mirrors. Satin carbon fiber also added definition to the ‘power bumps’ behind the front seats – accentuated with Sunset Orange lighting – along with the side skirts and rear diffuser, complemented by exhaust finishes with gloss black exteriors and matte black interiors.
Side vents and the rest of the exterior lighting are in gloss black, as are the inside of the exterior door handles.
A white and black cab with Mandarin Orange accents provides a striking contemporary interior theme. A satin carbon fiber technical finish envelops the occupants and glides from one side of the cabin to the other, harmonizing with the technical details of the exterior. Every panel and detail of the interior was specified at the customer’s discretion, through careful combinations of leather and Alcantara in white, black and orange, gloss and satin metals in black, dark tone and bright chrome finishes, and the dual use of both shine like satin carbon fiber.
Mandarin Orange leather accentuates the shape of the top roller, the centerline in the steering wheel and both the door opener and gear lever. This continues with further stitching detail to the rear of the seats within the oval perforated Beluga piping and hand cross stitching along the door which follows the styling line around the center console.
The Bacalar is the extreme example of how the smallest details in every Bentley can pile up into a cabin unlike any other. This customer’s car is no exception, and details include:
- The analog dials of the Bentley Rotating Display add a touch of contrast in Bacalar Blue.
- The carpets have a ‘diamond cut’ pattern, with binding and stitching in Mandarin Orange.
- The dividing line between satin carbon fiber and glossy black in the luggage compartment – usually invisible and hidden by luggage – was specified in a satin dark shade
- The custom luggage that fits behind the seats features a car-matched Alcantara upper, along with Mandarin Orange embroidery and oval perforated beluga piping with a Mandarin Orange core – the exact same finish as the back of the front seats
The specification of every Bentley is a journey of discovery, where even a ‘standard’ model can be configured in literally billions of ways. The process of designing a Mulliner goes even further – with infinite combinations of materials, colors and finishes. The beautiful grand tourers that result are limited only by the law of the land and the imagination of the customer. Mulliner’s next coachbuilt model – soon to be unveiled – will be no exception.