Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition by Mulliner - 100 units

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Bentley will be marking its centenary next year by building the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, named after Bentley's founder William Owen Bentley.

Diamond-like borders run along each side, and the piece is finished with Walter Owen Bentley's signature.

It's called the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, paying homage to company founder W.O. Bentley. One of these will be a slice of the crankshaft from the engine in W.O. Bentley's actual 8 Litre. 100 will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2019 following the car's public debut at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. It will feature in the rear armrest just below a pair of whisky glasses. 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 will also be Beluga leather, Burr Walnut wood veneers, and lambswool rugs.

Buyers can opt for the W.O. package on any of the three Mulsanne derivatives now offered. 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. This has been copied in the new auto, which is finished in Onyx paint with black wheels and features a bespoke interior trimmed in leather and wood.

Interestingly, Bentley retains its founder's 8 Litre, the second example to be made. Just 100 will be made, and it's tailored inside and out with design cues from the last vehicle Walter Owen Bentley designed for the brand - the 1930 8-Litre. Unfortunately, it was launched at the start of the Great Depression, so only saw production for nine months before the automaker was placed into receivership and eventually purchased by Rolls-Royce.