When Walter Owen Bentley produced his first motorcars in 1919, the Bentley legend began. By the mid-1920s the company had established an enviable reputation for producing sports tourers which were not only fast but incredibly attractive and imposing to look at. A series of wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans looked set to safeguard the future of Bentley, but then the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression both had significant impact on sales. This resulted in the company being forced into liquidation in July 1931.
The company was quickly rescued from collapse by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and production moved to the Rolls-Royce headquarters at Derby. Rolls-Royce introduced a new range of touring models based on its own 20/25 chassis and these cars were heralded as the 'Silent Sports Cars'.
Following the end of World War Two, Bentley found itself supporting Rolls-Royce with sales of the new Mk VI thanks to its less ostentatious image. By the mid-1950s Bentley was becoming little more than a badge-engineered sister to the Rolls-Royce models and demand began to drop. The 1980s witnessed a Bentley revival, mainly due to the powerful Turbo models.
Volkswagen purchased Bentley in 1998 and spent some £500 million modernising the Crewe headquarters as well as employing an extra 2,000 employees within the factory.
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Bentley will be celebrating 100 years of production throughout 2019 with a succession of events. Here’s the full program...
Check out Bentley’s Centenary Events Taking Place This Year
Bentley is preparing for its 2019 centenary celebrations with a retro photoshoot, using a very special camera in preparation for its 30kg opus
Bentley centenary book shot with rare Polaroid
A new race dedicated to pre-1930s vintage racers has been added to next year's Goodwood Members Meeting – with plenty of Bentleys expected in its field
Bentleys to star at Goodwood in new Members' Meeting race
A Bentley 4½ Litre owned by marque saviour Woolf Barnato is to be sold by H&H Classics this October, just in time for Bentley's 100th year anniversary
Famous Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato's 1929 tourer for sale
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2002 Continental T, FSH 33,000 miles only. Stunning in silver with black leather and in collectors condition. I first owned this Continental T in 2008 when it was just 6 years old with only 22k miles. Now it is back with me in much the same unmarked condition and is a true rarity. These wonderful Short chassis Bentleys were built with a nod to the Racing Bentleys of the 30s and comes with the full
I am very proud to once more have this wonderful Bentley Continental T back home in Kent. I first owned this car when it was only a few years old and with just 22,000 miles. Now several years later, it is in the same superb and largely as new condition with only 33,000 miles. First registered to Bentley Motors Limited on the 7th May , 2002. I was the third owner after Bentley and acquired it in 20
This 1954 Bentley R-Type is a highly prized Left-Hand-Drive version with a rare and desirable automatic transmission. It's also an excellent original driver quality example. Chassis number B104LWH. Tan and brown older paint certainly with scratches and marks, but perhaps acceptable for general and touring use. Original tan leather interior that with care can be retained. The wood will need refini
Nice basis for an easy restoration. Belgian papers, last inspection in 2014. Specifications Bodywork Length: cm (in): 527 (207.5) Width: cm (in): 189 (74.4) Height: cm (in): 149 (58.7) Wheelbase: cm (in) : 306 (120.5) Weight: kg (lb): 2250 (4966) Mechanics. Displacement: V8 6750 cc (412 cui Valve gear: 16 Fuel system: 2 SU carburettors Gearbox: 3-speed, automatic Driven wheels: rear-wheel drive M