For Sale Bentley
History of Bentley
Bentley Motors Limited was founded by H. M. Bentley and W. O. Bentley in 1919 in London, England. The brothers had sold cars previously, but H. M. Bentley dreamed of designing, manufacturing, and distributing a unique line of cars that would bear the Bentley name.
While the company revealed its first vehicle in October of 1919, the car was not available for distribution to the general public until 1921. The model quickly gained popularity for being a high quality model and was used in races. Racing was discontinued when Rolls-Royce purchased the company in 1931. Production was moved to the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby when the company took over Bentley.
Bentley was purchased by Volkswagen AG in 1998 as part of a sale that included Rolls-Royce and has remained under the control of the car manufacturer and distributor. The current headquarters for Bentley is located in Crewe, England, and the company employs approximately 4,000 people. Popularity of the brand has steadily increased, and 7,000 Bentley vehicles were sold in 2011.
Although the company suffered losses in 2009 and 2010, 2011 saw an upturn in revenue and the return of profitability.
There are currently three Bentley models in production (as of 2012):
• The Mulsanne is a luxury vehicle that gets its name from the stretch of a race that Bentley participated in five times.
• The Continental GT is a coupe that was introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce Continental R.
• The Continental Flying Spur is a full-size luxury vehicle that handles like a sports car.