Bentley is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this 12 months and one of many highlights deliberate is the launch of a particular guide, an opus of tales and pictures that element Bentley’s previous and in addition its future.
How a lot content material are we speaking about? The guide, known as “The Bentley Centenary Opus,” weighs greater than 66 kilos, and the pages measure over 1.5 ft lengthy to make sure the included photos are portrayed with the best element. Some sections characteristic particular fold-out sections with photographs stretching 6.5 ft in size.
The guide is restricted to 500 copies worldwide, and you do not have to be a Bentley buyer to order one. You do not have to be a multimillionaire, both, as the value begins at $three,800. That is for the usual Centenary Version which can be lined in the identical leather-based utilized in Bentley’s vehicles and have the signature of the model’s design boss, Stefan Sielaff.
Above that is the Mulliner Version which can set you again $16,000. Simply 100 of those can be produced and every will include a hand-made clamshell case with an engine spin end. The Mulliner Version may even include the signature of Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark, plus a portion of rubber from the left entrance tire of the Bentley Velocity Eight that received total on the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Lastly, for these people with critical money to splurge, there’s the Carat Version which is priced at $250,000, or about $30,000 greater than the beginning value of a Bentley Continental GT. Simply seven of those can be produced and every will characteristic 100 carats of diamonds on the entrance cowl.
Bentley has extra in retailer for its centennial. The model has proven a particular Mulsanne restricted to 100 items, every that includes a slice of the unique crankshaft that featured within the 1930 Eight Litre owned by firm founder Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley. And each mannequin Bentley builds this 12 months may be fitted with particular touches celebrating the centennial.
W.O. Bentley and his 1930 Eight-litre saloon
There can be new vehicles, too. A redesigned Flying Spur is within the pipeline and Bentley can be tipped to unveil a brand new idea automotive and even an EV.
It was in 1919 that W.O. Bentley registered the Bentley model and confirmed off the corporate’s first chassis at that 12 months’s London auto present. Deliveries of the primary vehicles based mostly on the chassis would start the following 12 months.