You’ll need to be a very hardcore Bentley fan to justify buying this.
This year is a landmark year for Bentley because the luxury British automaker is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary. As part of its centenary celebrations, the automaker is launching a special limited-edition book titled "The Bentley Centenary Opus” featuring nine chapters and more than 800 pages covering the brand’s entire history. Just like Bentley’s cars, the book has been produced with exquisite attention to detail and the highest quality materials.
Bentley says it’s the heaviest book ever produced weighing more than 66 pounds and is the "biggest book ever produced on the story of an automotive brand.” Some sections feature special fold-outs with photos stretching 6.5 feet in length, and the book is full of never-before-seen photos and "rare historical content”. Each copy of the book even has a genuine, hand-crafted Bentley Wings badge on the cover, like the one you would find on the hood and trunk lid of a Bentley.
Three versions of The Bentley Centenary Opus will be available. Limited to 500 copies costing £3,000 ($3,800) each, The Centenary Edition is covered in a choice of four shades of Bentley leather – the same leather used in Bentley upholstery. A matching leather slip case is also included. The Mulliner Edition, on the other hand, is even more exclusive and is limited to just 100 copies. This version has a choice of 17 shades of Bentley leather and includes a hand-made, engine-turned aluminum slipcase.
Inside the slipcase, you’ll find a section of rubber from the left front tire of the 2003 Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8. Buyers will also receive a Bentley factory tour and a night's stay at the 5-star Hotel Cafe Royal in London. Each copy of the Mulliner Edition costs a whopping £12,500 ($15,915).
Last but certainly not least is the 100 Carat Edition, which is adorned with 100 carats of diamonds. The iconic Wings badge is also set in a choice of white gold or platinum. This edition is limited to just 7 copies and costs a staggering £200,000 ($254,000). Yes, you read that right – this bonkers book costs more than a brand-new Continental GT, which must make it the most expensive automotive book ever produced. You’ll need to be a very hardcore and very rich Bentley fan to justify buying this.