Bentley has unveiled a new limited edition Mulsanne created by Mulliner, the British luxury car brand’s bespoke division.
Dubbed the “W.O. Edition”, the model draws on design cues taken from the 8 Litre – the personal car owned by the marque’s founding father, Walter Owen Bentley.
Launched in 1930, the 8 Litre was also the last car he personally designed for the company. 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 delivering 230 bhp.
Originally registered GK 706, Walter Owen’s was actually the second 8 Litre off the production line, and he subsequently commissioned HJ Mulliner to build a saloon body on the 12-foot, short-wheelbase chassis. The car was later sold in 1931.
However, it was bought back by Bentley in 2006, after which it then underwent a full restoration, including replacing the original crankshaft, slices of which are now being symbolically installed in the new W.O. Edition.
Key design features of the new homage car include Onyx paint with black wheels on the outside, while the interior features a colour split cabin inspired by luxury living in the 1930s – complete with a cocktail cabinet featuring the aforementioned slice of crankshaft set into the armrest.
No changes have been made to the Mulsanne’s 6.75-litre V8, though, which still puts out 505 bhp 752 lb-ft of torque.
Just 100 examples of the W.O. Edition will be hand-built by Mulliner and it will make its official public debut at Monterey Car Week in California in late August, with customer deliveries commencing in 2019 – Bentley’s centenary year.