Britain-based Bentley Motorcars is gearing up to celebrate a century’s worth of motoring excellence in the run up to 10 July 2019 with a limited production run of centennial specials.
As part of the celebrations, will prepare a series of limited edition cars leading up to the anniversary date. The luxury car maker has released details of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, the first of the series of purpose built models.
The luxury large sedan pays homage to the automaker’s founder, Walter Owen Bentley. W.O.’s final design for the company that bore his name was a black, short-wheelbase 1930 Bentley 8-litre with a coach-built body by H.J. Mulliner. This was WO’s personal car.
As expected, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner will feature design cues from the 1930s, notably the art deco period. The central attraction feature will be an art deco-inspired illuminated cocktail cabinet handcrafted by Mulliner which will be placed between the two rear seats. The cabinet door opens to reveal marquetry of W.O.’s 1930 8-litre and an embedded piece of the very crankshaft from the founder’s car.
The story is that W.O. had to sell his car in 1931, but in 2006 Bentley located it and bought it back for sentimental reasons. It underwent what the company calls a “sympathetic restoration,” and as part of it the crankshaft was removed. For the W.O. Edition, Bentley took the part a sliced it into 100 pieces — one for each W.O. Edition produced — and put it in the cabinet door along with a little plaque.
The rest of the interior is finished in a dark red the company calls Fireglow, with swaths of “Beluga hide”, lambswool rugs, and walnut veneer. W.O. Bentley’s signature can be found in the seat stitching, bumper badge, and dash. Meanwhile, self-levelling wheel caps mark the company’s centenary.
The production version will be shown to the public for the first time at Monterey Car Week August 24. No changes are planned in the powertrain department which is a 6.75-litre V8 producing 505bhp and 1,019Nm of torque.