Perfecting the Wheel

These special-edition automobiles take design cues from some of the top names in luxury yachts.

Bentley Continental GT Convertible
Bentley Continental GT Convertible, inspired by Princess YachtsJames Callaghan

Bentley Continental GT Convertible, inspired by Princess Yachts

Mulliner, the custom division at bentley, worked with fellow British brand Princess Yachts to create the Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition, which premiered at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

The name Galene comes from the goddess of calm seas, and it is all too fitting for the convertible’s glacier-white exterior paint with a lower strip of sequin blue, mimicking a Princess Yachts hull with the sea’s reflection at the waterline. The vehicle comes with a dark-blue hood, reminiscent of a Bimini top.

Inside, Mulliner created a pinstripe walnut veneer inspired by yacht-style teak decking. Owners who want the ultimate in customization can order the Galene with a bespoke illustration of a Princess yacht by Spanish illustrator Jaume Vilardell, who will also include the shipyard’s coordinates as a finishing detail.

While the Galene is new and noteworthy, the Bentley model is just one part of a three-year collaboration that the automaker and Princess Yachts announced earlier this year. Look for Princess branding on Bentley vehicles at races worldwide, as well as "exceptional experiences" for the fans of both brands.

BMW Individual M760Li
BMW Individual M760Li, inspired by Nautor’s SwanJ. Konrad Schmidt

BMW Individual M760Li, inspired by Nautor's Swan

Custom design is the core concept behind BMW Individual, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the German luxury automaker worked with Nautor's Swan in Finland to produce the M760Li, a yacht-inspired evolution of the BMW M750Li xDrive V12 Excellence.

Craftsmen at the Swan shipyard contributed numerous elements to the vehicle, including teak panels with rubber-lined joints on the floor that mimic the decking on a sailing yacht. Swan’s team also produced interior trim, entry sills and floor mats from teak. The Swan insignia graces the car in several spots, such as being stitched into the headrests and cushions. As you can see in the rendering above, looking through the vehicle’s wide windshield at the marina feels an awful lot like being at the helm of a yacht.

BMW, of course, packed performance into the M760Li, which can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. Exterior paint on the vehicle is just as unique as what a yachtsman might order for a hull: BMW Individual damask red.

Inside, along with the yacht-inspired details, is BMW’s two-tone fine-grain merino leather in smoke white and criollo brown.