Bentley has revealed a very limited edition of the Mulsanne Speed dubbed “Blue Train” by Mulliner.
This new special edition is inspired by Captain Woolf Barnato’s win over the ‘Blue Train’ as the Calais-Mediterranée Express was nicknamed in 1930, driving a Speed Six to his club in London before the train even reached the English Channel.
Built by Bentley’s bespoke Mulliner division, the ‘Blue Train’ editions feature “delightful historical references and modern interpretations of design details from the original Speed Six”. These include a fine crafted veneer image of the original Speed Six on the dashboard’s wooden trim and a square mesh design on the front grille, inspired by the same car.
Richard Charlesworth, Head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, comments: “The Blue Train is one of the most famous and celebrated cars in the world, and it perfectly embodies the racing spirit of the Bentley. Woolf Barnato was a three-time Le Mans victor, but winning the Blue Train race captured the public’s imagination, and fuelled the legend of the Bentley Boys. By beating the Calais-Mediterranée Express he forever guaranteed the Speed Six’s place in automotive history.”
Bentley says a total of just 4 examples will be hand-crafted in Crewe with all of the models destined for customers in continental Europe with the first car already sold. The Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ by Mulliner debuts at the Techno-Classica Show in Essen.