The 8.0 Litre was the last vehicle designed by founder Walter Owen Bentley (W. O. Bentley) before his auto company entered receivership, and was bought by rival Rolls-Royce. W.O. was forced to sell his own Bentley 8-litre a year later in 1931.
Bentley is to release a new limited edition Mulsanne for the marque's centenary in 2019, which will pay homage to the company's founding father and incorporate a genuine history piece.
W.O. said of the 8-litre, 'I have always wanted to produce a dead silent 100mph vehicle, and now I think we have done it'.
It will make its public debut at Monterey Car Week in California in late August, with customer deliveries commencing in 2019 - Bentley's centenary year. It will feature in the rear armrest just below a pair of whisky glasses.
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The illuminated cocktail cabinet features a marquetry scene depicting the front matrix grille and headlight of the 8 Litre, and the display window reveals said piece of crankshaft from W.O's personal 8 Litre, with an inscription detailing the Bentley artefact's significance. There will also be Beluga leather, Burr Walnut wood veneers, and lambswool rugs.
There's no word yet on how much you can expect to pay for one of these limited editions, but the Mulsanne W.O. Edition can be specified on any of the three Mulsannes in Bentley's range.
Interestingly, Bentley retains its founder's 8 Litre, the second example to be made.
Bentley's internal coachbuilder, Mulliner, has designed the W.O. with nearly a century's worth of Bentley history in mind, with particular influence drawn from the 1930s, when Walter delivered his final project - the 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.