Bentley will celebrate the centenary of its founding next year and one of the highlights planned is the launch of a special Mulsanne that pays home to brand founder Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley. 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 auto.
The limited edition Mulsanne takes design inspiration from W.O.'s original 8-litre and includes a chrome bonnet strip and optional chrome radiator shell and grille, topped with the Flying B mascot. The Mulliner illuminated cocktail cabinet will feature a display window, behind which a slide of the 8 Litre's crankshaft is showcased, with an inscription detailing the significance of this piece. 100 will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2019 following the car's public debut at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The auto also comes with Onyx paintwork, although customers can select other colours from Bentley's colour pallet. Dark Satin Burr Walnut veneer accents the interior, with Fireglow lambswool rugs, glass tumblers and, of course, privacy curtains. The wood dash features the founder's signature, which is also displayed on the front bumper, while there's centenary badging located on the sills and wheel centres.
Interestingly, Bentley retains its founder's 8 Litre, the second example to be made.
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Next year Bentley is 100 years old.
As the last vehicle Walter Owen Bentley designed and used personally, the 8 Litre mixed a black-on-black exterior theme with an ultra-luxurious, wood-trimmed interior. It was bought back by Volkswagen Group-owned Bentley in 2006, when the auto then underwent a restoration, including replacing the original crankshaft.