Right from the very beginning Bentley cars enjoyed an enormous success, with demand exceeding any production possibilities. The halo of prestige that the make’s drivers – the Bentley Boys – encircled was enough to create a mythical image, similar to the one we would come across later with such names as Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.
The 3-litre machines were victorious at Le Mans in 1924 and 1927, with a further success in 1928 for the 4.5-litre.
According to rival Ettore Bugatti is was “the fastest truck in the world”.
In 1931 the company, which was facing a chronic capital shortage, was acquired by its arch rival Rolls Royce. It was the period of the Derby Bentley, so-called because they were built in the Rolls Royce factory of Derby.
The Mark VI was the first post-war model, produced in the new factory based in Crewe. The Bentley cars of this period can be considered to be sportier versions of the Rolls.
Since its acquisition by the Volkswagen Group in 1998, the make has developed into a classy and sporty marque, notably with the GTC.
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