Category: Automotive History
Facts about Bentley Automobiles. The Bentley Car is a leading British luxury automobile manufacturer, functioning with the name Bentley Motors Limited. The business is a wholly owned auxiliary of the Volkswagen AG of Germany. The principal activity of the business includes planning, engineering, manufacturing and delivering of the luxury vehicles sold under the Bentley marquee.
History of Bentley Automobile
Bentley Motors Limited was established on the 18th of January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley, who was an English automobile engineer and a designer of racer of motor cars and aero engines. Bentley went through the 500-mile Indianapolis race in 1922 as their primary key event, sending a sedan with Douglas Hawkes, the works driver and H. S. Bertie Browning, the riding mechanic.
The Bentley project was underfunded at all times, but stimulated by the Le Mans win in 1924 by John Duff, a race car driver of Canada and Frank Clement, a British race car driver. Joel Woolf Barnato, who was a British racing driver and financier, agreed to finance the business of Bentley. He had built-in Baromans Ltd during 1922 that existed as his monetary and outlay vehicle.
Woolf Barnato purchased his first Bentley vehicle in 1925, just a year before he also purchased the business itself. He held 149,500 of the original shares, offering him control of the business and he became the chairman of the business. He further invested £35,000 into the business, protected by debenture during July 1927, £40,000 during 1928 and £25,000 during 1929. With improved financial input, W. O. Bentley was capable of designing another generation of vehicles.
In 1929, Sir Henry, Tim Birkin, who was one among the people responsible for maintaining the status of the Bentley marquee for high active performance, had developed the frivolous Blower Bentley vehicle, and five racing special vehicles that commenced with the Brooklands racing planned Bentley Blower No.1.
During the period from 1921 to 1931, the business had introduced different car models, such as a 3-liter sedan during 1921–29, the 4.5-liter, 6.6-liter sedans and Blower Bentley during 1926–30, a 6.5-liter Speed Six sedan during 1928–30, a 31.8-litre sedan in 1930 and a 4-liter vehicle in 1931.
The 1929 Wall Street Crash affected the Bentley Company to a great extent, with the Great Depression, dipping demand for its luxury products. During July 1931, two credit payments on the business that were assured by Barnato fell unpaid, and he informed the lenders that he was incapable to meet these liabilities. On the 10th of July, on the request of the mortgagee, the court prearranged a Receiver to Bentley business.
Bentley Motors Limited has become the direct descendant of Rolls-Royce Motors, which acquired by Volkswagen AG during 1998. The acquisition included the model nameplates, automobile designs, manufacture and organizational facilities, Rolls-Royce grille shape brands and the Spirit of Ecstasy, but not the privileges to the use of the Rolls-Royce logo or name, which are held by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were approved to BMW AG later.
Rolls-Royce captured the possessions of Bentley Motors Ltd and created a new completely owned business with the name Bentley Motors Ltd. Rolls-Royce had purchased the service station at Kingsbury, the Bentley showrooms in Cork Street, the whole organization at Cricklewood and even Bentley himself.
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