Reviving A Piece of History

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The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner  

Shereen Shabnam

In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world.

Taking inspiration from this golden age of British motoring, Mulliner designers are reviving a piece of history with a new very special limited edition of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition to celebrate the company’s history and its global success today as Bentley approaches centenary in 2019.

Inside each of the 100 limited edition Mulsannes, a slice of the original crankshaft is taken from W.O. Bentley’s personal 8 Litre car decades ago – the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930.

 

A true collector’s item, Mulliner designers reflected on the last 99 years of an extraordinary British automotive story to pay homage to the founding father of the company and incorporate a genuine piece of Bentley history in every car.

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.

The interior displays a range of exquisite features inspired by luxury living in the 1930, 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.

To create the marquetry scene, a number of different veneers and materials were used. Four different wood types give contrast and depth to the piece, while aluminium is used to achieve the highlights, signature and geometric pattern. The diamond-like borders that run parallel to each side add to the contemporary look while retaining an art deco feel.

An interior colour split made from luxurious Fireglow Heritage and Fireglow hide is complemented further by Beluga hide detailing and blind stitching. Dark Stain Burr Walnut veneer extends to the minor gauge panel, steering wheel rim and other areas.

The Mulsanne is finished with Fireglow lambswool rugs, glass tumblers, privacy curtains to the rear doors, and a rear seat entertainment system. The Mulsanne W.O. Edition further enhances its formidable road presence with Onyx paintwork, chrome bonnet strip and graceful Flying B Mascot atop the optional chrome radiator shell and grille.

The Mulsanne W.O. Edition can be specified on any of the three-model Mulsanne range, based on customer preference. Each model is already a true statement of Bentley’s innovation and craftsmanship. Bentley’s flagship model is the world’s finest handmade car, representing the ultimate combination of luxury and performance.

 

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