Having demonstrated a natural ability as an innovative engineer, W.O. took his first steps into the automotive world when the War was over, using his skill to create a car bearing his own name.
When hostilities ended, he was presented with a Commission of Awards To Inventors grant of £8,000 for his vital contribution to the War effort, as well as an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
In 1919 W.O. used that capital to fulfil a dream and create his own car company.
His guiding principle to create: ‘a fast car, a good car: the best in its class’ — a goal he would achieve time and time again.
W.O. Bentley died shortly before his 83rd birthday on August 13, 1971. He was married three times and survived by his third wife, Margaret, but had no children.
Fast forward and the latest Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner pays homage to the founding father of the company, with a genuine piece of Bentley history in every car.
Inside each of the 100 limited edition Mulsannes, a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O. Bentley’s personal 8 Litre – the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930 – is displayed.
To celebrate its centenary, Bentley has a year-long series of special activities planned, with celebrations at events around the world.