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Bentley

British manufacturer of luxury automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by W. O. Bentley add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1919.

Countries: United Kingdom (27%), (21%), Germany (13%)

Main connections: Bentley Continental GT, Rolls-Royce Limited, Bentley Arnage

Linked to: Volkswagen Group, Privately held company, Rover Company, Lagonda

 

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1919

"'Bentley Motors Limited"' is a British manufacturer of luxury automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by W. O. Bentley add something

 

In August 1919, Bentley Motors Ltd. was registered, and a chassis with dummy engine was exhibited at the London Motor Show in October of that year add something


1920

An innovative 4 valves per cylinder engine designed by ex-Royal Flying Corps officer Clive Gallop was built and running by December, and orders were taken for deliveries starting in June 1920; however, development took longer than estimated, and the first cars were not ready until September 1921 add something


1921

Multi-valve - The Bentley 3 Litre, introduced in 1921, used a monobloc straight-4 with aluminium pistons, pent-roof combustion chambers, twin spark ignition, SOHC, and four valves per cylinder


1922

Barnato had incorporated "Baromans Ltd" in 1922, which existed as his finance and investment vehicle add something


1924

After the war, W. O. Bentley designed and made production cars that won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1924 and following models which repeated those successes each June 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930 add something

 

The Bentley enterprise was always underfunded, but inspired by the 1924 Le Mans win by John Duff and Frank Clement, Barnato agreed to finance Bentley's business add something


1925

Woolf Barnato acquired his first Bentley in 1925, just 12 months before he acquired the business itself add something


1926

Multi-valve - The 1926 Bentley 6½ Litre added two cylinders to the monobloc straight-4


1927

Bentley, located at Cricklewood, north London, was noted for its four consecutive victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans from 1927 to 1930 add something

 

Jack Barclay Bentley - Accordingly in 1927 he opened Jack Barclay in George Street, Hanover Square as a Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealership, which soon became the pre-eminent Bentley dealership worldwide

 

Multi-valve - The 1927 Bentley 4½ Litre was of similar engine design


1929

In 1929, Birkin had developed the lightweight Blower Bentley, including five racing specials that started with the Brooklands racing designed Bentley Blower No.1 add something

 

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 affected the Bentley business greatly, with the Great Depression reducing demand for its expensive products add something


1930

Multi-valve - The 1930 Bentley 8 Litre multi-valve straight-6 produced appr

 

In March 1930, during the Blue Train Races, Woolf Barnato raised the stakes on Rover and its Rover Light Six, having raced and beat "Le Train Bleu" for the first time, to better that record with his 6½-litre Bentley Speed Six on a bet of £100 add something


1931

Purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, when production was moved from London to Derby and later to Crewe, this business has been owned by the Volkswagen Group of Germany since 1998 add something

 

The new 8-litre was such a success that when Barnato's money seemed to run out in 1931 and Napier was planning to buy Bentley's business, Rolls-Royce purchased Bentley Motors to prevent competition for the market of their most expensive model, Phantom II. add something

 

Walter Hassan - After it was put into liquidation and taken over by Rolls-Royce Limited at the end of 1931 Hassan left Bentley Motors and worked for Woolf Barnato

 

In July 1931, two mortgage payments on the firm that were guaranteed by Barnato fell due, and he advised the lenders that he was "unable to meet these debts add something

 

Napier & Son negotiated with Bentley's receiver to buy the company, with the takeover expected to be made final in November 1931 add something


1934

By 1934 he was appointed to the board of the new Bentley Motors Ltd. add something


1935

Unhappy with his role at Rolls-Royce, when his contract expired at the end of April 1935 W. O. Bentley left to join Lagonda add something


1939

Rolls-Royce Corniche - The first car to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mark V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II


1945

Jack Barclay Bentley - Although motor retailing was suspended in the UK during World War II, Barclay bought coachbuilders Gurney Nutting in 1945 with the aim of restoring to roadworthy condition the Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars that had been stored during the hostilities, thus generating much-needed stock of used vehicles for the business


1952

V8 engine - The Rolls-Royce and & Bentley V8 still used in modern Bentleys was designed from 1952 and entered production in 1959 in the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S2


1954

James Young built in 1954 a Sports Saloon for the owner of James Young's, James Barclay add something

 

After July 1954 the car was fitted with an engine, having now a larger bore of 94,62 mm with a total displacement of add something


1961

Jack Barclay Bentley - In 1961 Lord Kindersley, Chairman of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars officially opened the Jack Barclay service centre at 100 York Road, Battersea

 

Corgi Toys - Steerable front wheels, jewelled headlights and rear lights and an opening boot complete with spare wheel were added on the Bentley Continental Sports Saloon in April 1961, and by October 1963 with the release of the Ghia L6,4 new levels of authenticity were reached


1970

The problems of Bentley's owner with Rolls-Royce aero engine development, the RB211, brought about the financial collapse of its business in 1970 add something


1973

Jetronic - K-Jetronic debuted in the 1973,5 & Porsche 911T in January 1973, and was later installed into a number of Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lotus, Ferrari, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo, Saab, DeLorean and Ford automobiles


1980

Under Vickers, Bentley set about regaining its high-performance heritage, typified by the 1980 Mulsanne add something

 

Patrick Cargill - In the mid 1980s he changed the Bentley for a Rolls Royce

 

Bentley Brooklands - The Brooklands continued Bentley's relatively angular design theme, which was used on contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s

 

V8 engine - Turbocharging in various & Bentley models beginning in the 1980s led to the resurgence of the Bentley marque as the power outputs of the engine were increased in several steps to the current and in the 2007 model-year Bentley Arnage, while meeting all emission standards

 

The motorcar division was made a separate business, Rolls-Royce Motors Limited, which remained independent until bought by Vickers plc in August 1980 add something


1981

Rolls-Royce Corniche - In March 1981, after the Silver Spirit had gone on sale, the Coupé version of the Corniche and its Bentley sister were discontinued


1984

Rolls-Royce Corniche - The Corniche was sold as a Bentley, though that model became known as the Continental in 1984

 

Rolls-Royce Corniche - The Bentley version was updated in July 1984 with a new name, the Continental, revised and color-coded bumpers, rear view mirrors, a new dash and improvements to the seats


1986

Volkswagen Group - Volkswagen acquired a controlling stake in the Spanish carmaker SEAT in 1986, making it the first non-German marque of the company, and acquired control of ?koda in 1994, of Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti in 1998 and of Porsche in 2012


1988

Jaguar XJ220 - The bodywork for the concept car displayed in 1988 was hand built from aluminium by Park Sheet Metal, a specialist automotive engineering company that manufactures concept cars and low-volume, niche models for various manufacturers, including Bentley


1990

Maybach - According to Fortune Magazine, after missing out on the chance to purchase Rolls-Royce and Bentley when they were up for sale in the 1990s, "Mercedes backpedaled and decided it needed to be in the ultra-luxury business too, but it went after it in a remarkably clumsy way"

 

Rapping - Materialism has been a popular topic in hip-hop since at least the early 1990s, with rappers boasting about their own wealth and possessions, and name-dropping specific brands: liquor brands Cristal and Rémy Martin, car manufacturers Bentley and Mercedes-Benz and clothing brands Gucci and Versace have all been popular subjects for rappers


1993

Ferdinand Piech - In 1993, Piëch became the chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, which he is credited with turning into the large conglomerate it is today; He oversaw the purchase of Lamborghini and Bentley, as well as the founding of Bugatti Automobiles, all of which he integrated with the Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT and Audi brands into a ladder-type structure similar to that used by Alfred Sloan at General Motors


1995

Rolls-Royce Corniche - The last 25 Corniche models to be built, completed in the summer of 1995, were unique turbocharged versions and were called the Corniche S. In total, 5,146 Corniche Convertibles had been built, plus 1,108 Saloons , and 140 Bentley Corniches


1996

Walter Hassan - Rivers Fletcher, Obituary, "The Independent" 17 July 1996 shop boy in W. O. Bentley's newly founded Bentley Motors, employee No. 14


1998

From 1998 to 2002, BMW would continue to supply engines for the cars and would allow Volkswagen temporary use of the Rolls-Royce name and logo add something

 

In 1998 BMW started supplying components for the new range of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars - notably V8 engines for the Bentley Arnage and V12 engines for the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph add something

 

In 1998, Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors add something

 

Bentley Arnage - During the takeover battle in 1998 between & BMW and Volkswagen Group for ownership of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motors, BMW had threatened to stop supply of their engines if Volkswagen Group won

 

Bentley Continental GT - It's the first car released by Bentley under Volkswagen AG-management after their acquisition of the company in 1998, and the first ever Bentley to employ "mass production" manufacturing techniques

 

Rolls-Royce Merlin - Post-war the factory was used for the production of Bentley motor cars, and in 1998 Volkswagen AG bought both the marque and the factory

 

Bentley Brooklands - The Brooklands was replaced by the Bentley Arnage in 1998

 

Bentley Arnage - The "' Bentley Arnage"' was a large luxury car produced by Bentley Motors in Crewe, England from 1998 to 2009

 

Bentley Azure - Volkswagen purchased Bentley from Vickers in 1998, three years into production of the Mark 1 model

 

Bentley Arnage - Car and Driver, "ROAD TEST: Bentley Arnage" December 1998 The rest of the revisions included: 1. making a pop up Alpine navigation system standard 2. adding park distance control to the front and rear 3. increasing the rear seat leg room 4. adding power folding exterior mirrors and 5. modifying the steering rack to reduce steering effort at low speeds


2000

Bentley Arnage - At the same time, but without the fanfare, Bentley made several minor modifications to the original BMW engine cars, and designated them as the "Arnage Green Label" for the 2000 model year

 

H.R. Owen - In 2000 the group bought Jack Barclay, thus becoming the world's largest dealer for Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars

 

Autotech Controls - In 2000, Autotech supplied the control solution for the Bentley GT Continental trim shop and in 2001 the company delivered its first high-bay warehouse stacker crane controls solution

 

Audi R8 (race car) - Its streak of Le Mans victories between 2000 and 2005 was broken only by the Bentley Speed 8 in 2003, when the R8 finished 3rd

 

Bernd Pischetsrieder - Rover was sold off in 2000, with Ford taking on Land Rover, and the Mini brand remaining at BMW. A more lasting achievement was the assumption of the Rolls-Royce marque, a deal which left rival Volkswagen Group manager, Ferdinand Piëch, with only the Bentley marque, and the Crewe factory

 

Rolls-Royce Motors - The last Rolls Royce from the Crewe factory, the Corniche, ceased production in 2002, at which time the Crewe factory became Bentley Motors Limited, and Rolls-Royce production was relocated to a new entity in Goodwood, England known as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


2001

British racing green - & Bentley returned briefly to the Le Mans circuit in 2001, 2002 and 2003, winning with the Bentley Speed 8, painted in a very dark shade of BRG. In recent years Aston Martin has returned to endurance racing, with their DBR9s painted in, a typically Aston, light BRG. Rocketsports Racing used green for its Jaguar XK in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and American Le Mans Series and other

 

Rolls-Royce Corniche - Its production was ceased shortly thereafter, in 2001, as Bentley and Rolls-Royce became two separate companies again, with two different owners

 

Audi R8 (race car) - The Bentley Speed 8, which ran at Le Mans from 2001 to 2003, winning in 2003, utilised a heavily modified 4,0 L version of the V8 engine from the Audi R8

 

Audi R8 (race car) - The British-built R8C coupe was retired, but Audi-owned & Bentley developed the concept of the R8C closed cockpit LMGTP and entered the Bentley EXP Speed 8 in 2001, winning the race with the Bentley Speed 8 in the 2003


2002

In 2002, Bentley presented Queen Elizabeth II with an official State Limousine to celebrate her Golden Jubilee add something

 

Bentley Arnage - In 2002, Bentley updated the Red Label as the series two "'Arnage R"'

 

Audi R8 (race car) - The & Bentley racing effort was campaigned by Team Bentley with assistance from longtime R8 competitor Joest Racing and Audi Sport UK. After 2002 the Joest factory team dropped its R8 campaign and left it to the privateers

 

Bentley Arnage - The Bentley State Limousine is an official state car created by Bentley Motors Limited for Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002

 

Bentley Arnage - The "'Arnage T"', from 2002, was claimed to be the most powerful roadgoing Bentley at its launch at the Detroit Motor Show


2003

Bentley reintroduced the venerable Rolls-Royce V8 engine into the Arnage, initially as an additional model, and all BMW engine supply ended in 2003 with the end of Silver Seraph production add something

 

In 2003, Bentley's two-door convertible, the Bentley Azure, ceased production, and Bentley introduced a second line, Bentley Continental GT, a large luxury coupé powered by a W12 engine built in Crewe add something

 

Bentley Speed 8 - A 2003 Bentley Speed 8 competed in 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

 

David Brabham - In 2003 Brabham finished second at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Bentley

 

Bentley Continental GT - The "' Bentley Continental GT"' is a grand tourer produced by British automaker Bentley Motors since 2003

 

Bentley Continental GT - The vehicle was unveiled in 2003 Geneva Motor Show, followed by Le Mans, 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2003 annual Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Silverstone,

 

Bentley Continental GT - Together, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur have boosted Bentley's annual production from around 1,000 units in 2003, to 9,200 units in 2006

 

From 1 January 2003 forward, Volkswagen Group would be the sole provider of cars with the "Bentley" marque add something

 

Herbie Hide - He had been charged with driving a Fiat Punto with no insurance on 15 May 2003 and driving a Bentley with no insurance and no MoT on 18 June of the same year


2005

Bentley sales continued to increase, and in 2005 8,627 were sold worldwide, 3,654 in the United States add something

 

By the autumn of 2005, the convertible version of the successful Continental GT, the Continental GTC, was presented add something

 

Bentley Continental GT - The Flying Spur utilizes most of the technical underpinnings of the Bentley Continental GT, and was introduced to European and North American markets in the summer of 2005

 

Bentley Arnage - In April 2005, Bentley confirmed that the model would be produced at Crewe for Spring 2006 sales


2006

These two models were successfully launched in late 2006 add something

 

This arrangement ceased at the end of 2006 after around 1,000 cars, with all car production reverting to the Crewe plant add something

 

Bentley Continental GT - It is a version of Bentley Continental GT Speed with custom body produced in association with coachbuilder & Zagato, with technical partners Coventry Prototype Panels, DELVIS GmbH, PPG. The project was conceived during a discussion between Bentley Motors Limited CEO Dr. Ing. Franz Josef Paefgen and Dr. Andrea Zagato, President of Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance in 2006

 

Bentley Continental GT - Production of Continental GTC began at Crewe, Cheshire plant began at September 2006, before the ending production of Bentley vehicles in Volkswagen Group manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany at December 2006


2007

In 2007, the 10,000 cars-per-year threshold was broken for the first time with sales of 10,014 add something

 

Bentley Brooklands - At the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, Bentley resurrected the Brooklands nameplate for a two-door, four-seat coupé to be built for the 2008 model year

 

Bentley Speed 8 - Following Le Mans the Bentley program ended, chassis no. 002-3 was last raced at Road America in 2007 prior to the 2012 RM Monterey auction

 

Bentley Continental GT - In early 2007, a Bentley Continental GT Speed equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 studded winter tyres and driven by four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, broke the World Speed Record on Ice - on the frozen Baltic Sea near Oulu, Finland

 

Walter de'Silva - Following the appointment of former & Audi chairman Martin Winterkorn as the chairman of the Volkswagen Group in January 2007, de Silva was appointed as Head of & Volkswagen Group Design effective from February 1, 2007, and is now responsible for the overall strategic design direction of all VW passenger car brands including ?koda, SEAT, Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, &Lamborghini and Bugatti. de Silva replaced Murat Günak, and his first task was to re-evaluate the designs of three then-imminent Volkswagen models which had been penned by his predecessor: the 2008 $Golf (Volkswagen_Go


2008

Bentley reported a sale of about 7,600 units in 2008 add something

 

Bentley Brooklands - As a hand-assembled car made in very small numbers, employing traditional coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills in wood and leather, the Brooklands Coupé is the true successor to the discontinued Bentley Continental R and T. Lifetime production is planned for 550 cars, and deliveries started in the first half of 2008

 

Naim Audio - In 2008, Naim partnered Bentley in the "Naim for Bentley" project, an optional upgrade in-car sound system which had a degree of customer acceptance that surpassed expectations of both partners

 

A limited run of a Zagato modified GT was announced in March 2008, dubbed "GTZ" add something

 

Bentley Arnage - In September 2008, Bentley announced that production of the model would cease during 2009


2009

Bentley Continental GT - In February 2009, Bentley announced limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports


2010

As of early 2010, there are about 3,500 working at Crewe, compared with about 1,500 in 1998 before being taken over by Volkswagen add something

 

In Autumn 2010, workers at Crewe staged a series of protests over proposal of compulsory work on Fridays and mandatory overtime during the week add something

 

Bentley Continental GT - The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and arrived at Bentley dealers in fall of 2010 as 2011 model year vehicles


2011

Bentley Arnage - A replacement model, which is called the Bentley Mulsanne was launched in August 2009, at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, in Monterey, California

 

Bentley Continental GT - Beginning in 2011 model year , all Bentley Continental range vehicles support the use of petrol and E85 bioethanol fuel types in all markets, including North America

 

Bentley Continental GT - Deliveries of the Bentley Continental GTC began in late 2011

 

Bentley Continental GT - In February 2011, Bentley succeeded in breaking their own land-ice speed record previously set by the Continental GT. They managed to bring a slightly modified Supersports Convertible to 205,48 MPH in Finland, verified by the Guinness World Records

 

Bentley Continental GT - On February 15, 2011 Kankkunen broke the record again, reaching an average speed of in a convertible Bentley Continental Supersports

 

Bentley Continental GT - It seems that Bentley provoked the former tyre supplier by attempting a new record with a different brand because, on March 6, 2011, Nokian Tyres test driver, piloting an Audi RS6 with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tyres, took the ice speed record in Finland, clocking a top speed of in freezing conditions


2012

Bentley Continental GT - A series of 2012 Bentley Collection items were produced, including 'The Flying B' range a desk paperweight, letter opener and wine bottle stopper; 'Inspired by Our Heritage' four-piece Espresso coffee cup set featuring original racing scenes from the Brooklands and Le Mans racetracks; jackets, polo shirts and soft shell fleeces, Anthony Holt Silversmiths made-to-order Valet boxes, silver 1:12 replica of the Bentley Blower, Bentley Eyewear Collection sunglasses

 

Bentley EXP 9 F - The "' & Bentley EXP 9 F"' is a concept car produced by Bentley and first shown to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and is Bentley's first ever SUV

 

As of November 2012, China is the largest market for Bentley automobiles add something


2013

Jack Barclay Bentley - As of 2013 Jack Barclay of Berkeley Square retails Bentley and Bugatti cars, both brands being part of the Volkswagen Group and therefore not considered to be commercial rivals

 

Bentley Continental GT - To demonstrate Bentley Continental GT's cold climate capabilities, Bentley Power on Ice programme returned in February 2013, allowing existing owners, enthusiasts and aspiring drivers the chance to explore the extreme limits of the Continental GT on the frozen lakes of northern Finland

 

Bentley EXP 9 F - In July 2013, Bentley announced the production of an SUV Model from 2016, based on the next-generation Volkswagen Group large SUV platform


2014

Bentley Azure - However, at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Bentley unveiled a concept car built on the Mulsanne platform that follows the same formula as the two generations of Azure that proceeded it

 

Bentley Continental GT - The vehicles were set to arrive in Bentley dealerships from early 2014


2015

As of 2015, &Bentley (W_O_Bentley) currently produce the Continental Flying Spur, Continental GT, and Mulsanne add something

 

Felix Sabates - A Sabates owned Bentley dealership closed in 2015

 

Luc Donckerwolke - In June 2015 Bentley announced Stefan Sielaff as his successor: "Mr Sielaff replaces Mr Donckerwolke who has decided to leave the business and Volkswagen AG"

 

David Limbersky - Limberský gained media attention after crashing his Bentley car in September 2015 and subsequently behaving abusively towards several police officers and testing with a high blood alcohol content, offences which carry a maximum three-year prison sentence

 

Jamie Redknapp - In November 2015, Redknapp was banned from driving for six months under the totting-up system after pleading guilty to driving his Bentley above the speed limit on the M25 motorway, and further ordered to pay a £700 fine, court costs of £75 and an £80 victim surcharge


2016

Bentley Continental GT - At the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour, two Bentley Team M-Sport GT3s completed the race in third and seventh place

 

Bentley Mulsanne (2010) - The Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase was unveiled during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and was designed with the rear-seat passenger in mind

 

Bentley EXP 9 F - Some seats had not been secured properly during assembly, and Bentley issued a recall for 378 cars in November 2016


2017

Bentley EXP 9 F - & Bentley has officially confirmed the 2017 Bentayga will be Bentley's first production plug-in hybrid, while company executives have stated in interviews that the Bentayga would get a diesel engine

 

Bentley Azure - In 2017, Bentley announced that the Grand Convertible would be produced in very limited numbers at a cost of 3,9 million dollars each