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Bentley Cars

Bentley Motors Limited, best known as Bentley, is a British manufacturer founded in January 1919 by Walter Owen "W.O" Bentley. The inspiration for the Bentley motor actually began years before its official birth. W.O was passionate about racing and speed. In 1912, he raced in the Aston-Clinton hill-climb and broke the class record. On a visit to the DFP factory, he noticed an aluminum piston being used as a paper weight. Converting the light weight material to act as functioning pistons in Bentley Motors would be the secret to successive victories in famed racing events.

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Bentley Origins

In 1919, W.O. finally made his dream a reality when he created a car that satisfied his need for speed. In October 1919, the first Bentley three-liter engine was created. After the invention of the first engine, Bentley enjoyed nearly a decade of uninterrupted success in world-renowned races including consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1927 to 1930. Fresh off a number of amazing victories on the track, Bentley began feeling the pains of the oncoming Great Depression. Rolls-Royce purchased the financially-ailing company and moved production to Derby soon after.

Bentley After World War II

Bentley created some of the most celebrated classic cars in history from the Mark IV to the Continental. However, that is not to say the company never hit a rough patch as many consider it a miracle that Bentley survived the post-war years.

Bentley acted as a wing of the Rolls-Royce name for many years before again making a name of its own. For a time there was little difference between the inner working of the two vehicles. This pattern of cloning cars continued and hit its peak in the 1970s when car enthusiasts couldn’t find the difference between the newer Bentleys and any other mass-produced vehicle other than the marquis "B" on the hood and because of this sales plummeted.

Other than the name itself, there was little left that maintained this vehicle's spot as a premier luxury and sports car. Rolls-Royce had done little if anything to market or manufacture this line of vehicle to a degree worthy of Bentley's past. However, that changed with one last spark of engineering and marketing know-how that became a fire with the introduction of the 1980 Bentley Mulsanne.

Mulsanne was named for the longest stretch of Le Mans, where Bentley caught people’s attention and the name Bentley reigned supreme for years. Sales took off, and the 1982 Mulsanne model had all of the comfort and smoothness of any Rolls-Royce. More amazingly, at 4,850 pounds it was faster than the Daimler Double Six, Aston Martin Lagonda, and even the Ferrari 365GT4.

Bentley was again its former self, and has since stuck to its roots expecting performance and function to go hand-in-hand with luxury in every model the company produced.

Bentley Models

Some of the unique and superbly engineered luxury and performance vehicles you will find on the road today include the Continental Supersport, GT, GTC, Spur, and the ultra-luxurious Mulsanne.

For a look back, in 2003, Bentley introduced the Azure, a two-door convertible and the Continental GT, a large luxury coupe with a W12 engine. Four-door versions of each model came soon after. The Flying Spur was a four-door version of the Continental GT. In 2006 the four-door version of the Azure was patterned after the Arnage Drophead Coupe prototype. Also launching that year was the Continental GTC, a convertible version of the successful Continental GT.

Bentley in America

Today, Bentley is owned by Volkswagen and is considered one of the premier luxury brands in the United States and around the world. Even though Bentley is owned by the Volkswagen corporation it operates as a singular and independent car maker refusing to fall again into the pattern of vehicles mimicking a parent company's models. Bentley is considered to be within the top names in luxury and performance.

With all the refinement and technology that comes in a Bentley its no surprise it's expensive to purchase, maintain or even fuel up. Bentley is also known for providing luxury and comfort. You also get the satisfaction of a little taste of history since the first Bentley broke records at the Le Mans. Whether it’s the one-of-a-kind Mulsanne or the Supersport, there is nothing on the road as powerful and beautiful as a Bentley.

Select a Bentley Model

Bentley Arnage

2009-2002 | Luxury, Sedan

The release of the Bentley Arnage in 1998 marked the beginning of a new and exciting time for the Bentley brand; a time for sportier cars to own the road.

Bentley Azure

2010-2007, 2003-1999 | Convertible, Luxury

The Bentley Azure was a convertible offshoot of the larger Continental R line, which the company produced between 1991 and 2002.

Bentley Brooklands

2010-2009, 1995 | Coupe, Luxury, Sedan

Bentley released the Brooklands in 1992 to replace the Bentley Eight and Bentley Mulsanne.

Bentley Continental

2011-1999, 1995 | Convertible, Coupe, Luxury

Bentley has traditionally used the Continental moniker for several of its models since 1952.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

2013, 2011-2006 | Luxury, Sedan

It's difficult to discuss successful car manufacturers with a reputation for fine automobiles without first discussing the distinguished Bentley Motors Limited company.

Bentley Continental GT

2015-2014, 2012 | Coupe, Luxury

The Bentley Continental GT serves as the current Bentley Continental model.

Bentley Continental GTC

2015-2014 | Convertible, Luxury

Bentley Continental Supersport

2011-2010 | Convertible, Coupe, Luxury

In 1919, W.O. Bentley set out to create a luxury automobile brand like no other.

Bentley Continental Supersports

2013 | Convertible, Luxury

Bentley Flying Spur

2015-2014 | Luxury, Sedan

Bentley Mulsanne

2015-2011 | Luxury, Sedan

The original Bentley Mulsanne is a luxury performance car, manufactured from 1980 to 1992.

Bentley Turbo R

1995 | Luxury, Sedan

Bentley designed the Turbo R as a high-performance, limited edition vehicle.

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