Bentley has always been a recognised status symbol for those with a taste for extravagance and the money to support such tastes. To this day Bentley carries on that tradition. Luxury comes as standard in all of the models they create.
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Bentley was founded in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley, known as W.O. He had a passion for racing, and wanted to achieve his dream of building a competitive race car. At the inaugural Le Mans 24 hour race, a Bentley came 4th, before winning the following year. Further wins came in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930, cementing their reputation as a producer of quality sports cars.
Following the Wall Street crash, and subsequent depression, there was a decline in demand for the expensive cars. Bentley fell into financial trouble and was bought by Rolls-Royce in 1931, with the racing programme being terminated.
There was resurgence in post war sales for Bentley, however by the 1970s and 1980s, sales had again dropped off. Rolls-Royce had to separate its car division from their aircrapt engine production, and Rolls-Royce Motors Limited was bought by Vickers PLC in 1980. Under Vickers Bentley developed cars such as the Mulsanne, and they were able to regain their high performance heritage and sporting image.
In 1998 Volkswagen bought Rolls-Royce Motors from Vickers, and continues to produce Bentleys today.
The name for the Mulsanne comes from the Mulsanne straight on the 24 hour Le Mans race circuit, where the company achieved 5 victories in the early 20th Century. A Mulsanne model was previously manufactured during the 19080’s before being reinvented and entering production again in2010. This spacious luxury car provides the comfort and freedom of a limousine, with armchair-like seats and acres of leg-room. However, the huge 6.75 litre V8 engine ensures that this car is no slouch.
The Bentley Continental is the grand touring replacement to the previous continental R, and Continental T. First introduced in 2003 with a W12 6.0 litre engine as a coupe, the GT, it later became available as a convertible, the GTC, and a 4 door saloon, named the Continental Flying Spur. Now on the second generation, it is offered as a coupe or convertible, with the additional option of a smaller 4.0 litre V8 engine. The Continental Flying Spur is still available as a first generation model.