The Bentley motor car company
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Founding of the Bentley motor car company
In which year was the company founded? The Bentley motor car company was founded in 1919. Who founded the company? The Bentley motor car company was founded by Walter Owen Bentley.
History of Bentley motor car company
The history of Bentley motor car company began when it was founded in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley. The following company information and history timeline details the dates of major events which influenced the growth of the business.
History Timeline of the Bentley motor car company
1888: Walter Owen Bentley, known as 'W O', was born on 16 September 1888 and died in 1971.He married 3 times and had no children.
1912: In 1912 W.O. joined his brother Horace Millner Bentley in a company called "Bentley and Bentley" selling French DFP cars. He was not happy with their performance and he had always wanted to design and build his own range of cars with his own name.
1919: In August 1919 Bentley Motors Ltd was registered. The company was located at Cricklewood in North London.
1921: The first Bentley cars were sold.
1924: Bentley cars won the first of their four Le Mans victories in 1924.Joel Woolf Barnato (27 September 1895 – 27 July 1948) was a British millionaire, financier and racing driver. He was impressed by the success and performance of the cars produced by Bentley. Other wealthy drivers favoured the cars made by the company and became known as the 'Bentley Boys'. The "Bentley Boys" included aviators, racing drivers and other prominent men including Woolf Barnato, Sir Henry Birkin, George Duller, Glen Kidston, S. C. H. "Sammy" Davis and Dr. Dudley Benjafield. Despite the growing popularity of the cars and the publicity gained from the exploits of the Bentley Boys the business was extremely short of finance.
1925: Cash flow became a real problem and in 1925 Joel Woolf Barnato agreed to finance the business, and became the majority shareholder and chairman. Despite designing a supercharge version of his 4 1/2 Litre car ((the famous "Blower" Bentley) the car failed on the track.
1929: This was the year of the Wall Street crash which started the Great Depression and the the luxury car business was badly affected.
1931: After unsuccessful attempts to save the company the business was sold to a company called British Central Equitable Trust. British Central Equitable Trust turned out to be owned by rivals Rolls-Royce.
1935: W O Bentley decided to go in 1935 when when Rolls Royce closed the racing department. He joined the Lagonda company. The manufacture of the Bentley cars moved to the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby. The company became Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd.
1939 - 1945: World War 11.
1946: Rolls-Royce and Bentley car production moved an ex-wartime engine factory in Crewe during 1946.
1970: The company became Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd.
1971: Rolls-Royce went into administrative receivership and was nationalised in 1971
1973: The Rolls-Royce automobile company was separated in 1973
1980 Rolls-Royce Motors was purchased by Vickers.
1987: Rolls-Royce plc was re-privatised in 1987
1998: Rolls Royce & Bentley cars was purchased by the Volkswagen Group in 1998 for £430m, although the Rolls-Royce name was not included in VW's purchase and was later licensed to BMW who agreed that Volkswagen would manufacture both Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars fitted with BMW engines until the end of 2002
2002: To celebrate the Golden Jubilee, Bentley presented in Queen Elizabeth II with an official State Limousine
2003: BMW engines were no longer used in Bentley cars. The Volkswagen Group continue to own Rolls Royce & Bentley although the Rolls Royce trademark is from now on only used by BMW on it's own cars.
James Bond and his Bentley Cars
The fictional secret agent James Bond owned several Bentleys in the original novels written by author Ian Fleming. James Bond's official car in the Ian Fleming novels was a grey 1933 Bentley convertible featured in in Casino Royale. The Bentley Mark VI is featured in Moonraker. Bentley Mark II Continental is driven by James Bond in Thunderball and in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo is then featured in the novel Role of Honour by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond.
Famous drivers of Bentley Cars
From 1961 to 1969 a famous British television series featuring secret agents called the Avengers featured the character John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee, who drove 1926–1928 Bentley cars including Blower Bentleys and Bentley Speed Sixes.
What models and types of cars and automobiles does the Bentley motor car company produce?
The models and types of cars and automobiles produced by the company include those detailed on the following list. Whether you enjoy comparing cars and autos, want to conduct some research before you buy a new car or a used car or finally an automobile enthusiast who loves fast, cool, new, old, vintage, classic, antique, sports, top, muscle or exotic cars we have the info you are searching for! Select the automobile you are interested in and click the link for access to an online overview of this Bentley vehicle with car guides, online facts, information, statistics, specs, specifications, design details and ratings of cars and autos.
Cars and Autos Index
|1921 -1927 Bentley 3 Litre||1926-1930 4½ Litre & "Blower Bentley"||1926-1930 6½ Litre|
|1928-1930 6½ Litre Speed Six ||1930-1931 8 Litre||1931 4 Litre |
|1933-1937 3½ Litre||1936-1939 4¼ Litre||1939-1941 Mark V |
|1939 Mark V||1946-1952 Mark VI||1952-1955 R Type and Continental |
|1955-1959 S1 and Continental||1959-1962 S2 and Continental||1962-1965 S3 and Continental |
|1965-1980 T-series||1965-1977 T1||1977-1980 T2 |
|1971-1984 Corniche||1984-1995 Continental convertible||1992-1995 Continental Turbo |
|1975-1986 Camargue||1980-1987 Mulsanne||1984-1988 Mulsanne L limousine|
|1982-1985 Mulsanne Turbo ||1987-1992 Mulsanne S||1984-1992 Eight - lower-priced model |
|1985-1995 Turbo R ||1991-2002 Continental R - turbocharged 2-door model||1999-2003 Continental R Mulliner|
|1994-1995 Continental S||1992-1998 Brooklands - improved Eight||1996-1998 Brooklands R|
|1994-1995 Turbo S - limited-edition sports model||1995-1997 Turbo R||1996 Turbo R Sport - limited-edition sports model |
|1995-2003 Azure - convertible Continental R ||1999-2002 Azure Mulliner - performance model||1996-2002 Continental T|
|1999 Continental T Mulliner|| ||1997-1998 Bentley Turbo RT|
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