For consumers in the market for a car that speaks nothing but superior luxury, Bentley will surely be the first manufacturer they think of. The British registered company has designed, developed and built all of their cars for the prestige end of the car market since they were founded in 1919. With Bentley manufacturing and supplying the first aluminium pistons to aircraft engines during World War I, it would seem only natural that Bentley would include stylised wings as part of its overall logo.
Aside from the opulent appeal of all Bentley cars, their power, speed and outstanding build quality are what makes the marque’s reputation stand above the rest of the luxury car market. With their cars largely being hand-built, the workmanship and detailing that goes into each Bentley is something the company pride themselves on. Attention to detail is evident in models such as the Mulsanne and Continental, both of which are available from Creditplus.
Before Bentley became a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG in the late 1990s, the marque was building its reputation and creating automotive history for more than 70 years. In August 1919 - the same year as their inception - Bentley Motors Ltd exhibited a car chassis with a dummy engine at the London Motor Show. Just four months later the engine was built as a fully functioning piece of machinery. Bentley cars were available to consumers in 1921 and their durability lead to the marque competing in hill climb events, racing at Brooklands and the renowned Indianapolis 500 in 1922. Bentley retained and developed their racing pedigree by entering and winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race a total of six times between 1924 and 2003.
For more than 40 years, Bentley were owned by fellow luxury car maker Rolls-Royce, but this ended in 1980 when Rolls-Royce declared themselves bankrupt and Bentley were sold to Vickers plc. It was almost 20 years later that Bentley was once again sold, this time to Volkswagen, who they have been owned by ever since.
The class and style that Bentley includes in each model has meant it’s a marque that has appeared in numerous films and TV productions. Two of the best known classic Bentley models - the 1935 3.5 litre drophead coupe and the 1937 4.5 litre Gurney Nutting drophead coupe - featured in Bond films From Russia With Love and Never Say Never Again respectively.