In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple goal: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. 100 years later Bentley Motors keeps smashing the boundaries, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world today. To celebrate the legacy of its founding father, British luxury marque has created a very special limited edition vehicle, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner.
Each of the 100 limited edition Mulsannes holds a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O. Bentley’s personal 8 Litre , the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930. It was the largest and most luxurious Bentley of its time, featuring the most powerful engine of any car available in Britain – a 7,983cc straight six that offered remarkable performance. Originally registered GK 706, W.O.’s was the second 8 Litre off the production line and became his personal transport. However he was forced to sell his car in 1931 until back in 2006 Bentley Motors bought it back. The car then underwent a sympathetic restoration, including replacing the original crankshaft, slices of which are now being symbolically installed in the new Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner.
The Mulsanne W.O. Edition can be specified on any of the three-model Mulsanne range. Among its highlight are: a color split interior cut from Heritage Hide reflecting the patina of vintage cars, elegant Beluga black wheels, and a gorgeous cocktail cabinet or bottle cooler featuring a slice of W.O.’s own 8 Litre crankshaft set into the armrest.
The interior design of the vehicle is a homage to the luxury living in the 1930s. A marquetry scene on the handcrafted unit reveals a display window, inside which a piece of the crankshaft from W.O. Bentley’s own 8 Litre car is displayed. A number of different veneers and materials were used to create the marquetry scene. Four different wood types give contrast and depth to the piece, while aluminium is used to achieve the highlights, signature and geometric pattern. The diamond-like borders that run parallel to each side add to the contemporary look while retaining an art deco feel. It is finished with W.O.’s signature.
An interior colour split made from luxurious Fireglow Heritage and Fireglow hide is enhanced by Beluga hide detailing and blind stitching. Dark Stain Burr Walnut veneer extends to the minor gauge panel, steering wheel rim and other areas.The Mulsanne is finished with Fireglow lambswool rugs, glass tumblers, privacy curtains to the rear doors, and a rear seat entertainment system.
The Mulsanne W.O. Edition features Onyx paintwork, chrome bonnet strip and graceful Flying B Mascot atop the optional chrome radiator shell and grille. This special model will make its public debut at Monterey Car Week in California USA in late August, with customer deliveries commencing in 2019.
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