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Another one of the British luxury brands, Bentley has been around for a while now. The company was founded in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley to satisfy the long time dream he had of building his own cars. To do so, he asked for his brother’s help, who at the time was selling French cars. Yet, he was also equipped with a brilliant idea and it would not be his last one. Walter Owen wanted to make pistons out of a lightweight metal like aluminum instead of cast iron.
A prototype model was built and demonstrated at the London Motor Show. With this exhibition, the brand gained a glorious following from the “Bentley Boys” who were a group of wealthy racing and car enthusiasts. As soon as the cars were ready, the company started enrolling in various races around Europe, even winning the Le Mans 24h four times in a row from 1927 to 1930. Slightly before this, in financial difficulties, the company was purchase by Woolf Barnato, one of the “Bentley Boys”.
Whereas the Bentley 4 1/2 litre model was the one favored by James Bond in the novels, the movies chose Bentley’s competitor Aston Martin as a ride for the British spy. Before long, the 1929 crash brought another round of mishaps to the company as the demand for luxury items dwindled. Facing bankruptcy, the company had no choice but to sell all of its assets to a holding group. As it turned out this group was only a front representing none other than Rolls-Royce.
After World War II, as was common practice, Bentley did not sell complete cars but only the mechanic, body and panels, they called it a rolling chassis. Customers then had to go to a coachbuilder and had a design made for their cars. The next big step for the brand was another round of misfortune as the oil crisis greatly affected the automotive industry. It took until the 80’s for the brand to bounce back by returning to its more sporty roots with the Mulsanne model.
Then in 1997, the brand was purchased, along with Rolls-Royce, by Volkswagen AG. Since then, the German car maker invested quite the dollars to upgrade the Bentley factory in Crewe. They also launched a new model, the Bentley Continental GT, and managed to up the demand so that the plant reached its production limit and was even unable to meet such orders. The brand reached a record of more than 10 000 vehicles sold in 2007 but with the majority of these sales made in the U.S., the following years were harder on the brand. The company returned to profitability in 2011.
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