Bentley is a British company that specialises in designing and manufacturing handcrafted high-end luxury cars. The company is initially based in Crewe, England but has franchises worldwide.
Before the First World War, Walter Owen Bentley and his brother, who were dealers for DFP cars. They were huge car enthusiasts and always wanted to design their cars. The brothers found some light paperweight aluminium in DFP factory and thought that by replacing the heavy cast iron pistons in cars by light aluminium, cars’ efficiency could be improved. Their aluminium pistons were used in World War I and then they decided to establish their company.
The company was founded by Walter Owen Bentley in 1919. In 1921, the company launched its first model, the “3-Litre” Bentley. Bentley, in its early years, launched some speedy, high-performance cars that immediately earned their reputation as winners at Le Mans. Bentley won the winner’s title at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 2003. In the 1920s a few wealthy motorcar enthusiasts who were journalists, aviators, engineers, etc., formed a group called “The Bentley Boys”.
They were a huge influence in keeping the company’s name and reputation alive. This dedicated group made the company known for its 4 consecutive wins at the Le Mans. The company installed their potent but classy cars with fancy coachwork interiors to meet up their financial issues. Due to their overburdening financial woes, the company was sold to Rolls-Royce in 1931. Unfortunately, in 1970s Rolls- Royce was forced by the government into receivership due to their increasing financial problems.
The British government then nationalised and separated the motors division of the Rolls-Royce, and it became Rolls-Royce Motors Limited. This company also constituted the previously known Bentley Motors. But with passing years, the Rolls Royce, unable to stand on its own was further sold to a British Engineering consenter, Vickers. In 1998, the company was sold to Volkswagen. From there, Bentley’s golden era started off, resulting is some highest sales in their history. Volkswagen has now released a full range of modern vehicles for Bentley. Let’s hope to see some family-friendly models shortly.