Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition pays homage to founder's 1930 8 Litre

Joanna Estrada
July 13, 2018

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.

The Mulsanne W.O Edition is being produced in up to 100 examples by Bentley's coachbuilding division, Mulliner, and features several unique parts that are nods to the design of the company founder's 1930 8 Litre grand tourer.

The rich red interior design pays homage to W.O. Bentley's original 8 Litre auto from 1930.

The interior is done up in a style that pays homage to the original 8 Litre, as well. Bentley dropped the first photos on Thursday and confirmed the public debut will take place during the 2018 Monterey Car Week, which runs August 18-26. The auto also comes with Onyx paintwork, although customers can select other colours from Bentley's colour pallet. The Mulsanne also includes a W.O. Bentley signature badge on the lower bumper and self-levelling wheel centres and door treadplates, which both incorporate a specially designed centenary badge. 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.

There are lamb's wool rugs, glass tumblers and privacy curtains to mimic the luxurious designs seen in cabins of the 1930s. But it's started the celebrations a tad early, with this 100-off limited edition Mulsanne saloon.

Launched in 1930, the Bentley 8-litre was the last vehicle to be designed by Bentley's founder W.O. Bentley.

Next year Bentley is 100 years old.

Bentley Motors reacquired the vehicle in 2006, when it was then restored, replacing the original crankshaft.

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