Exclusive Bentley Mulsanne W.O

Bentley Mulsanne W.O Edition pays homage to founder’s 1930 original

Bentley has revealed a special, limited-run version of its Mulsanne flagship called the W.O Edition, which pays homage to the personal vehicle of its founder, Walter Owen Bentley.

Bentley's internal coachbuilder, Mulliner, has designed the W.O. with nearly a century's worth of Bentley history in mind, with particular influence drawn from the 1930s, when Walter delivered his final project - the 8-litre. Each W.O. Edition comes with one as standard and inside - displayed in a little window beside your glass of Cheeky Vimto - is a bit of crankshaft from W.O. Bentley's personal vehicle. It featured the most powerful engine of any auto available in Britain at the time - a 7,983cc straight six.

Bentley Motors reacquired the auto in 2006, when it was then restored, replacing the original crankshaft. Slices of the original crankshaft will be set into the interior of each Mulsanne W.O. Edition.

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The rich red interior design pays homage to W.O. Bentley's original 8 Litre auto from 1930. The vehicle also comes with Onyx paintwork, although customers can select other colours from Bentley's colour pallet. A small W.O. Bentley signature is displayed on the lower bumper, and special centenary badging is found on the wheel center caps and door sills. The W.O. Edition uses Fireglow Heritage hides with Beluga detailing and stitching.

The edition is available on any of the three Mulsanne versions - namely the standard one, Mulsanne Speed and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.

There are lamb's wool rugs, glass tumblers and privacy curtains to mimic the luxurious designs seen in cabins of the 1930s. 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.

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