Bentley Mulliner is the specialist personal commissioning department of Bentley Motors. Although newly launched, it can trace its ancestry back more than 200 years, and continues Bentley's fine reputation for hand craftsmanship and the individualisation of its cars.
Services include the building of unique one-off vehicles, such as the State Limousine recently built for The Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, to the fitment of bespoke components, to building personalised cabins. Long wheelbase limousines and armoured vehicles are also a major part of its business.
"No other motor manufacturer can deliver the level of bespoke service provided by Bentley Motors," says the director of Bentley Mulliner, John Killick. "We not only do the vast majority of the work in-house at our Crewe factory, but we also do it to the highest quality levels expected from by the worlds most affluent customers."
There are 120 people employed by Mulliner. They include world-class coachbuilders, coach trimmers, cabinet makers, coppersmiths, sheet metal fabricators, electronics specialists and fitters, all employed in a dedicated workshop within Bentley Motors' Crewe factory. The workshop has its own wood mill and wood shop, its own trim shop to stitch and cut leather, its own steel fabrication area that can hand make body shells or modify existing ones, and a tool making area to make moulds for new components. Bentley Mulliner coachbuilders can craft the most luxurious cockpit imaginable, or make a mobile office capable of keeping a busy chief executive in touch with his or her business. Their goal is straightforward: to make the world's finest hand-crafted cars.
Almost no commission is too small, or too big, for Bentley Mulliner. A 'typical' job ranges from as little as £2,000 to as much as £300,000 - on top of the price of the standard production Bentley. About half of all Bentleys built now get Bentley Mulliner's treatment.