Bentley and Linley unveil limited edition Continental Flying Spur

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2011

Bentley, in collaboration with British design company Linley, will be launching 10 Continental Flying Spurs limited edition models, all which will be marketed in China. These new models were unveiled at Jack Barclay, a Bentley dealer in London's Berkeley Square. The decision to sell these limited edition models in the Asian country underscores the fact that demand in China for Bentley products remains as high as ever.

These Continental Flying Spurs limited edition models feature signature Linley elements – all designed to attract people who place value on pedigree and lineage as well as handcrafted quality. The limited edition’s fascia, waist-rail, roof console and console are implemented with carefully selected Linley veneers in Santos rosewood, covering the entire wood surfaces where Bentley chestnut or walnut would typically be employed.

Continental Flying Spurs limited edition – its waist-rails and picnic table in particular -- features iconic Linley Helix motif from the Linley Helix Furniture Collection. This Helix pattern features four different types of veneer that contrast with the Santos rosewood to showcase the wave effect of the marquetry. Furthermore, the limited edition’s rear console has been tweaked for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor.

Christine Gaskell, member of the board for personnel at Bentley Motors, remarked that the carmaker’s collaboration with Linley provides a new element -- Linley veneers in particular -- to the interior of the Continental Flying Spur for a distinct executive style and elegance. He noted that both Bentley Motors and Linley are experts in the use of natural materials and both are committed to superlative craftsmanship.

David Linley, Chairman of Linley, quipped that efforts of Bentley and Linley have resulted in a limited edition car that is not only unique but also reflects the passion that both brands share in pushing beyond the limits of engineering and excellence. On the other hand, Brett Boydell, senior designer at Bentley, remarked that they reconfigured the distinct console to allow the humidor – as designed by Linley – to fit in.

The layout of the interior was also revised to create more a space. He quipped that it was an engineering feat to be able to fuse Bentley quality with Linley design.

Mark Blanchard, Head of Design at Linley, described the project as exciting and challenging. He noted that the interior was designed according to the constraints specified by Bentley, without compromising Linley craftsmanship.

Blanchard noted that the Continental Flying Spurs limited edition model had to look different. He added that while Bentley typically employs burr veneers for the interiors since they are more malleable, Linley employed Santos rosewood -- a straight grain veneer -- to create a strong interior statement. He quipped that although a straight grain veneer was a challenge, the final results were stunning.

In addition, the Continental Flying Spurs limited edition features stainless steel Linley treadplates and Linley for Bentley rhodium-plated plaque in the glove box. The passenger fascia panel is provided with a stainless steel overlay of the Linley logo.

Additional features of the new limited edition model include the modified fluting on the seats with burnt oak contrast stitching as well as burnt oak hide on the storage areas and door pockets.

Press Release

BENTLEY LAUNCHES COLLABORATION WITH LINLEY

Bentley is delighted to announce the launch of a unique collaboration with British design company Linley for a limited edition of 10 Continental Flying Spurs.

The limited edition CFS models will be sold in China, reflecting continuing demand by Bentley's biggest four-door market. They incorporate signature Linley elements designed to appeal to customers who value pedigree and lineage, handcrafted quality and peerless design.

Christine Gaskell, member of the board for personnel, Bentley Motors, commented at the launch at Jack Barclay, Bentley dealer, in London's Berkeley Square: "Our collaboration with Linley brings a new element to the interior of one of our globally best-selling models. The Continental Flying Spur has a unique executive style and elegance which is complemented wonderfully by the Linley veneers. We share an expertise in the use of natural materials and a commitment to superlative craftsmanship."

Specially selected Linley veneers in Santos rosewood have been applied to the fascia, console, waistrail and roof console and integrated within the cars for the first time. The veneers cover the entire wood surfaces of the model, where Bentley chestnut or walnut would normally be used.

David Linley, Chairman of Linley, comments: "It is a great honour to be working alongside such an esteemed British brand as Bentley. Our two brands share a commitment to superlative craftsmanship and design. I believe that the culmination of our efforts has resulted in a car that is utterly unique and reflective of the passion that both brands share for pushing boundaries of engineering and excellence."

The iconic Linley Helix motif has been taken from the distinctive Linley Helix Furniture Collection and has been set, using the highly specialised skill of marquetry inlay, into the waist-rails and picnic table of the Flying Spurs. The Helix pattern is made up of four different types of veneer which contrast with the Santos rosewood to show the wave effect delivered by the marquetry.

In addition, the rear console has been modified for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor.

Brett Boydell, senior designer at Bentley, says: "The humidor has been designed by Linley and it drops into a unique console. We have reconfigured the console so that the humidor can fit in, moving things around and creating a space. It was an engineering feat to meet the quality requirements of a Bentley and the design cues of Linley."

The project has been worked on by Mark Blanchard, Head of Design at Linley, who comments: "It has been an exciting and challenging project to work on. We designed the interior within the stringent constraints specified by Bentley, however we ensured the car exemplified Linley craftsmanship.

"The car had to look different and we wanted a strong statement inside the interior, so we chose Santos rosewood, a straight grain veneer. Bentley usually uses burr veneers for their interiors as they are more malleable around compound curves. Using a straight grain veneer was a new challenge but together we succeeded and the final results look stunning."

Stainless steel Linley treadplates also feature on the cars, as does a Linley for Bentley rhodium-plated plaque in the glove box. There is also a stainless steel overlay of the Linley logo on the passenger fascia panel. Modified fluting on the seats features burnt oak contrast stitching, with additional burnt oak hide accentuating the storage areas and door pockets.

A Linley branded leather bag with a sumptuous cashmere blanket and other Linley items such as a leather luggage tag is also included in the boot of the limited edition Flying Spurs.

In working with Blanchard, Boydell ensured that all Bentley automotive quality processes were integrated with the design work.

There were several design challenges, says Boydell. "For instance, the marquetry of the Helix pattern had to be combined with the manufacturing standards and processes which we adhere to in the automotive industry.

"The collaboration is a ringing endorsement of two great British brands working closely together. We have achieved a very high-class product which has the recognisable signs of Linley entwined into a Bentley. We are offering customers the chance to own a highly customised piece of British heritage.

"I hope the collaboration will be a springboard for future projects."

Key features of the Linley for Bentley limited edition Continental Flying Spur

- The distinctive marquetry inlaid Helix motif runs throughout the interior.
- Linley-designed box in the rear console - the humidor contains a humidification system, cigar cutter and ashtray.
- In-built fridge set behind the arm rest and rear console, with specially designed space for bottle storage.
- The picnic tables have a pop-up vanity mirror concealed within them, which is a standard option on the CFS.

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