The Bentley Motors is a British luxury car manufacturer and a totally owned subordinate of the German Volkswagen AG. Bentley’s main activity is sold under the brand Bentley the design, engineering, luxury car production, and sales. The company is based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors was founded by WO Bentley 18 January, founded in 1919 near London Cricklewood and was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931.
The Bentley Motors is the direct successor of the Rolls-Royce Motors was not buying Volkswagen AG in 1998. The purchase included vehicle models, model sheets, production, and administrative services, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce radiator grill marks form, but the rights to the name or logo Rolls-Royce used by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were later allowed to BMW AG.
Before the First World War near London Cricklewood, Walter Owen Bentley had sold in partnership with his brother Horace Millner Bentley French DFP cars have been, but he had regularly needed to design and developed his own range of cars that his name. It was during a visit to the DFP factory in 1913 that WO noticed an aluminum paperweight and had the brilliant idea to make the lightweight metal instead of cast iron piston engine. The first Bentley aluminum pistons have been taken in aircraft engines for the Sopwith Camel during the First World War in August 1919 in Operation Bentley Motors Ltd.
Bentley in the Indianapolis 500 1922 mile race as their “first big event,” send a car and driver operates Douglas Hawkes and riding mechanic HS “Bertie” Browning. In a race of specialized cars, Duesenberg racing suspension copes, Hawkes finished every 500 miles in a modified street car by 13 with an average speed of 74.95 hours miles after the start in the 19th position. The team then fell to England in the RAC Tourist Trophy 1922 to participate.
The Wall Street Crash of 1929 greatly affected the Bentley activity, reducing the demand for its Great Depression expensive products. In July 1931 fell two installments of the company, which has been guaranteed by Barnato due and advised the lender that he is “not capable of this debt. Meeting” On July 10 at the request of the mortgagee, the Court has a receiver for Bentley motor.
Napier & Son Bentley negotiated with the recipient to buy the company with the restoration should be in November 1931., a named competitor pretty central British trusts are made permanently available against a proposal at the time and to offer Napier in a sealed bid auction. British Equitable Trust Central later turned out to be a front for Rolls-Royce. for the sum of £ 125,000. Barnato received about £ 42,000 in exchange for their shares of Bentley Motors, having not long a large proportion of the Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motors was purchased liquidated.
Bentley in Rolls-Royce Ownership
Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley with a person named British Trust pretty central, Bentley did not even know the true identity of the buyer until the deal was completed. A new company, which was wholly owned by Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd The formed Cricklewood factory was closed and sold and ceased production for two years before returning to the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby. With his role at Rolls-Royce when his contract at the end of April 1935 WO Bentley Unhappy expired left to join Lagonda after.
If the new Bentley 3½ liter appeared in 1933, it was a sporting variant of Rolls-Royce 20/25, that disappointed some traditional customers still received by many. WO Bentley was quoted as saying, reported: “Taking all things, I prefer to have this Bentley than any other car produced under that name.” Rolls-Royce offers for 3 1/2 liters called “silent sports car”, a Rolls-Royce slogan on for Bentley cars until the 1950s. All products used Bentley 1931-2004 inherited or shared Rolls-Royce chassis and adapted Rolls-Royce engines and are described by critics as a badge engineering Rolls-Royce
Bentley (Post-war standard-steel saloons)
It was not until some time after the Second World War, most manufacturers of high-end cars like Bentley and Rolls-Royce have no safe cars. They sold chassis, almost round the front cover. Each chassis was delivered to the body shop of their choice of the buyer. The largest specialty car dealer had body-builder build standard designs for them held in stock ready for potential buyers.
The fastback coupe Continental was primarily created for the market of the family home, the majority of cars produced (165, including a prototype) that performed the right. The chassis was manufactured in the factory in Crewe and shared many components with the R standard. Other than the R-supplied standard steel square, R-Type Continental in rolling chassis with the body shop of choice. Body for most of these cars was completed by HJ Mulliner & Co., which builds a hatchback coupe in the first place.
The beginning Continental Type R has essentially the same engine as the standard Type R, but with gasification, modified intake and exhaust and high ratios. July 1954, after the vehicle is equipped with an engine, now with a larger bore 94.62 mm (3.7 in) with a total displacement of 4887 cc (4.9 l, 298.2 cu in). The compression ratio is 7.25: 1 is increased.
In the spring of 2010, there are approximately 3,500 works in Crewe, taken as compared to about 1,500 in 1998 before the takeover by Volkswagen. It was reported that Volkswagen has invested a total of nearly USD2 billion in Bentley and rebirth. After upgrading facilities in Crewe body is now completely painted in the Crewe factory for final assembly, with pieces from the similar-German Rolls-Royce car bodies are painted and shipped to the United Kingdom for the mounting only.
In 2002, to celebrate with an official State Limousine to its golden anniversary Bentley Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003, two-door convertible Bentley, Bentley Azure, ceased production, and Bentley has introduced a second line, Bentley Continental GT, a large luxury coupe powered by a W12 engine built in Crewe. In April 2005, Bentley confirmed plans to release a four-seater convertible Azure model, derived from the Arnage Drophead Coupe prototype Crewe beginning of 2006. In the fall of 2005, the produce convertible version of the Continental GT success of the Continental GTC was also presented. These 2 models were successfully launched at the end of 2006 to life. A limited series of a modified GT Zagato was also announced in March 2008, called “GTZ”.
The Bentley Continental GT3 came from the factory team M-Sport won the race at Silver-stone in 2014 the Blancpain Endurance Series. It was the first official login of Bentley in a British race of the RAC Tourist Trophy 1930.