News Founder’s Reserve: Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition Celebrates 100 Years

18:01  13 july  2018
18:01  13 july  2018 Source:   caranddriver.com

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Bentley will celebrate its 100 th anniversary next year , and to celebrate , the company is releasing 100 special- edition Mulsannes. But these super-luxurious sedans don't just bear founder W . O . Bentley ' s name, they include an original piece of one his final creations, too. Yes, all 100 of the Mulsanne W . O

Limited edition of 100 Mulsannes to celebrate upcoming centenary Homage to founder W . O . Bentley ’ s famous final 1930 design Each Mulsanne holds a slice of crankshaft from W . O .’ s personal car

Founder’s Reserve: Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition Celebrates 100 Years: The Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition includes a slice of the crankshaft from the founder’s own car. Read more about the limited-edition Bentley and see pictures at Car and Driver.© Car and Driver The Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition includes a slice of the crankshaft from the founder’s own car. Read more about the limited-edition Bentley and see pictures at Car and Driver.

The lack of a working time machine denies us the ability to answer many of the questions that vex us. The latest is to wonder just what Walter Owen Bentley would say if he discovered that, 100 years after he founded his eponymous company, it has released a limited-edition car named after him and containing a slice of a crankshaft formerly fitted to his own 8 Litre sedan.

Having worked on aero engines during the First World War, we suspect W.O. would be somewhat perturbed to discover that Bentley is now in the hands of a German automaker. And, having seemed to be profoundly unsentimental regarding old cars, he doubtless would struggle to understand why a piece of scrap crankshaft is being treated like a medieval relic. But he would likely also feel a good deal of warmth at being remembered so fondly, and if you are going to have a car named after you, then a Mulsanne is about as good as it gets.

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As Bentley enters its 100 th year , the Mulliner division is marking the occasion in a way of which W . O . Bentley would most surely have approved: by creating an extremely rare and exquisitely crafted car. The Mulsanne W . O . Edition by Mulliner pays tribute to Bentley ’ s founder

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a red car: Founder’s Reserve: Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition Celebrates 100 Years© Car and Driver Founder’s Reserve: Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition Celebrates 100 Years

Set to be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner celebrates W.O’s last design before he lost control of his company to Rolls-Royce. Just 100 of these special-edition Mulsannes will be produced, a number that corresponds to the production tally of the 1930 Bentley that inspired it. That was the most powerful car on sale in Britain at the time of its launch, thanks to a 220-hp inline-six engine, which gave it the ability to reach speeds of up to 100 mph.

The W.O. Edition is available as either a regular Mulsanne, the stretched long-wheelbase version, or the Mulsanne Speed. It comes with 1930s-appropriate Onyx exterior paintwork (although other colors are available on request) plus a chrome strip along the center of the long hood with a Flying B logo at the front. It also gains the option of a full-chrome grille; the regular Mulsanne has a body-color shell and chrome bars. A badge at the bottom of the fenders incorporates W.O’s signature.

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The special Mulsanne is called the Mulsanne W . O . Edition by Mulliner, and just 100 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 .

Since its introduction in 2009, the Bentley Mulsanne is Bentley ’ s flagship limousine. The Mulsanne has a twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8 engine that should have enough power in any given situation without disturbing the passengers with an unpleasantly strong acceleration. Years .

Bentley’s design team has been given freer rein inside the cabin, with what’s described as a “color-split interior cut from heritage hide reflecting the patina of vintage cars,” plus that greatest of automotive accomplishments, an opening liquor cabinet located between the rear seats. This includes a marquetry scene made from four different wood types and featuring a stylized image of the grille and headlight of the Bentley , plus a display window to show the slice of the original crankshaft.

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Don’t worry, W.O’s one-time ride was not harmed to make this modern spinoff. His 8 Litre was the second one produced, and he only owned it briefly, selling it when he lost control of the company. Bentley bought it back in 2006 and gave it a full restoration that included replacement of the original crankshaft, which then apparently sat in the corporate archive until the company could think of an appropriate use for it. The 8 Litre is still regularly used and has become the ceremonial car for Bentley’s CEO.

We don’t have any pricing details yet, but buyers can expect to pay a sizable supplement for a car wearing the founder’s name-and, of course, that special slice of camshaft.

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