A History Of Bentley
Bentley Motor Car Company began its origins when W.O. Bentley, a
railroad apprentice at one time, had a raging desire to own a
company dedicated to racing cars. In 1919, Bentley Motors won
claim to fame with autos that raced in major racing events –
claiming victory in at least four events from 1923 to 1931.
Even though racing was his passion, Bentley quickly realized
that marketing a car dedicated to racing alone was quite
limited. Thus, he began building cars with a rolling chassis
that caught the eye of wealthy clients who held little interest
A strong competitor for the popular Rolls Royce and other
British luxury car builders, the Depression took its toll on
Bentley and the privately funded company eventually sold out to
Rolls Royce in 1931, with Mr. Bentley working for Rolls Royce
for a period of time. The era of Rolls Royce/Bentley was noted
for the sporty aspects of a luxury car, but certainly did not
offer the impact that the Bentley offered before World War II.
Known as the hot rod Rolls Royce, it was a popular choice among
younger executives who enjoyed the thought of driving a 3.5
liter Rolls Royce engine planted in a sporty body.
The post war Bentley was introduced as the Bentley Mark VI or
Rolls Royce Silver Dawn, which sported a unique grill. In 1952,
the Rolls Royce racing hot rod idea was reintroduced as the
R-type Continental, which was a coupe offering high speed
touring capabilities. Later on, the auto took on more elements
of a racing car, offering speed up to 150 miles per hour, with
seven second zero to sixty miles per hour acceleration.
During the 60’s, Rolls Royce became part of Vickers. Vickers, in
turn, brought back the exceptional performance standards that
the Bentley was famous for, and it quickly enjoyed the status of
high quality among those in sporting arenas
Today, those who have the money to purchase a Bentley enjoy the
signature performance and distinct hand crafted elegance of this
motor car. As a matter of fact, the popularity of this prestige
car leaves even the wealthy on waiting lists.
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