Bentley's 100th birthday Mulsanne has a special extra

Doris Richards
July 12, 2018

Bentley will be marking its centenary next year by building the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, named after Bentley's founder William Owen Bentley. Just 100 will be made, and it's tailored inside and out with design cues from the last vehicle Walter Owen Bentley designed for the brand - the 1930 8-Litre. Designed by Mulliner, only 100 cars will be built, which will each contain a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O. Bentley's personal auto. It featured the most powerful engine of any auto available in Britain at the time - a 7,983cc straight six. In particular, the auto pays homage to the Bentley founder's personal 1930 8 Litre. The vehicle also comes with Onyx paintwork, although customers can select other colours from Bentley's colour pallet. It was bought back by Volkswagen Group-owned Bentley in 2006, when the auto then underwent a restoration, including replacing the original crankshaft.

The interior will also display a range of exquisite features inspired by luxury living in the 1930s, key to which will be an illuminated cocktail cabinet with a marquetry scene depicting the geometric front matrix grille and headlight of the 8 Litre. The W.O. Edition uses Fireglow Heritage hides with Beluga detailing and stitching. Centenery badging (Bentley is 100 years old in 2019) and W.O.'s signature feature on the lower bumper.

The Mulsanne is already a special auto but the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner will feature some unique touches. The auto will make its official debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, and the first customer deliveries will happen next year, coinciding with Bentley's 100th year. Dark Satin Burr Walnut veneer accents the interior, with Fireglow lambswool rugs, glass tumblers and, of course, privacy curtains.

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