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Overview

Walter Owen Bentley produced his first motorcars in 1919, the Bentley legend had begun. By the mid-1920's the company had established an enviable reputation for producing sports tourers which were incredibly fast as well as being attractive and imposing to look at. A series of wins at the Le Mans 24 hour race looked set to safeguard the companies future, alas a misguided change of direction (the large 8 Litre model) forced the company into liquidation in 1931.

The company was quickly rescued from collapse by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and production moved to the Rolls-Royce headquarters at Derby. Rolls-Royce quickly introduced a new range of touring models based on its own 20/25 chassis, these cars were heralded as the "Silent Sports Cars".

Following the end of W.W.II Bentley found itself supporting Rolls-Royce with sales of the new Mk VI thanks to its less ostentatious image. By the mid-50's Bentley was becoming little more than a badge engineered sister to R-R models and demand began to drop. The 1980's witnessed a Bentley revival (due mainly to the powerful Turbo models) leading to the recent purchase of Rolls-Royce and Bentley by the VW Group.

Models produced by Bentley

3 Litre

3 Litre

1922-1928

3.5-Litre

3.5-Litre

1933-1937

4-Litre

1931-1931

4.25-Litre

4.25-Litre

1936-1939

4.25-Litre Mk V

4.25-Litre Mk V

1940-1940

4.5-Litre

4.5-Litre

1927-1931

6.5-Litre Standard

6.5-Litre Standard

1926-1930

8-Litre

8-Litre

1931-1931

Arnage

Arnage

2004-2004

Azure

Azure

1995-?

Brooklands

Brooklands

1992-0

Continental GT

Continental GT

2004-2004

Continental R

Continental R

1952-1955

Continental S1

Continental S1

1955-1959

Continental S2

Continental S2

1959-1962

Continental S3

Continental S3

1962-1965

Convertible

Convertible

2004-2004

Corniche

Corniche

1971-1984

Eight

Eight

1984-1992

MK VI

MK VI

1946-1952

R-Type

R-Type

1952-1955

S1

S1

1955-1959

S1 Continental

S1 Continental

1955-1959

S2

S2

1959-1962

S3

S3

1962-1965

Saloon

Saloon

2004-2004

Speed Six

Speed Six

1929-1930

T1

T1

1965-1977

T2-Series

T2-Series

1977-1980

Turbo R

Turbo R

1985-1992

Turbo R/T

Turbo R/T

1998-0