The Mul­sanne W.O. Edi­tion by Mulliner

A unique car to mark an ex­tra­or­di­nary mile­stone

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Bentley Mo­tors is demon­strat­ing the beauty of be­spoke with a very spe­cial limited edi­tion Mul­sanne. The Mul­sanne W.O. Edi­tion by Mulliner pays homage to the found­ing fa­ther of the com­pany and in­cor­po­rates a gen­uine piece of Bentley his­tory in ev­ery car. In­side each of the 100 limited edi­tion Mul­sannes, a slice of the orig­i­nal crank­shaft taken from W.O. Bentley's per­sonal 8 Litre car from decades ago – the last model he de­signed for Bentley Mo­tors back in 1930 – is dis­played.

As Bentley ap­proaches its cen­te­nary in 2019, Mulliner de­sign­ers re­flected on the last 99 years of an ex­tra­or­di­nary Bri­tish au­to­mo­tive story to imag­ine the new Mul­sanne W.O. Edi­tion. In do­ing so, they have cre­ated a truly unique col­lec­tor's item.

The Mul­sanne W.O. Edi­tion can be spec­i­fied on any of the three-model Mul­sanne range, based on cus­tomer pref­er­ence. Key fea­tures in­clude a colour split in­te­rior cut from Her­itage Hide re­flect­ing the patina of vin­tage cars, el­e­gant Bel­uga black wheels, and a stun­ning cock­tail cab­i­net or bot­tle cooler fea­tur­ing a slice of W.O.'S own 8 Litre crank­shaft set into the arm­rest. This spe­cial model will make its pub­lic de­but at Mon­terey Car Week in Cal­i­for­nia USA in late Au­gust, with cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies com­menc­ing in 2019, Bentley's cen­te­nary year.

The new Mul­sanne W.O. Edi­tion by Mulliner draws on de­sign cues taken from the 8 Litre, built in an era that has been de­fined as the ‘golden age' of mo­tor­ing

in Bri­tain. The in­te­rior dis­plays a range of exquisite fea­tures in­spired by lux­ury liv­ing in the 1930s – key to which is the Mulliner il­lu­mi­nated cock­tail cab­i­net. A mar­quetry scene on the hand­crafted unit – de­pict­ing the geo­met­ric front ma­trix grille and head­light of the 8 Litre – re­veals a dis­play win­dow, in­side which a piece of the crank­shaft from W.O. Bentley's own 8 Litre car is show­cased. Just be­low the ma­chined metal dis­play case is an inscription de­tail­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the Bentley arte­fact.

The 8 Litre was de­scribed as W.O. Bentley's finest grand tourer. Launched in 1930, it was also the last car he per­son­ally de­signed for Bentley Mo­tors. 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. W.O. said of the 8 Litre, “I have al­ways wanted to pro­duce a dead silent 100mph car, and now I think we have done it.”

The 10th of July 2018 marks the start of Bentley's 100th year and the count­down to the brand's cen­te­nary in 2019. This ex­tra­or­di­nary mile­stone will be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion of the com­pany's his­tory and its global suc­cess to­day.

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