Walter Owen Bentley started out as a railroad engineer apprentice but wanted to pursue his true love, motorcycle racing. As a result, Bentley Motors; Ltd. was created in 1919. Several years later Bentley began to manufacture high performance open cars and once again their focus was on racing. Between 1924 and 1931, Bentley won the 24 hour Le Mans four times. These victories solidified their reputation as well-built sports cars. This also caught the attention of Rolls Royce, Bentley’s closest competitor. Through a series of events Rolls Royce was later able to acquire the company in 1931, much to the disappointment of Bentley himself. Rolls Royce later sold it to Volkswagen who still owns it today.
Bentley has always been known as a status symbol for those with a taste for extravagance and the money to support such tastes. To this day Bentley carries on that tradition. Luxury is the standard option in all of the models they create. Today’s Continental GTC and Arnage have spacious, opulent interiors and drive with ease. Weighing up to 6,000 pounds, these are solidly constructed vehicles that can still achieve speed quickly. In fact, the Arnage T is one of the most powerful cars Bentley has ever made.
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