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Car reseller with his brother at the beginning of the story, Walter Owen BENTLEY makes his dream come true in 1919, founding his car manufacture. Innovating by using aluminium instead of iron in the manufacturing process of its cars, the company acquires a solid reputation of quality, strengthened by several victories in racings. Financial issues are solved by Captain Woolf Barnato who becomes Chairman of the company and major shareholder at the end of the 1920s. These years are marked by the "Bentley boys" led by W. Barnato and several wealthy indivuals, ambassadors who promote the brand and by the 1st step of the podium of the 24 hours of Le Mans, 5 times. As in many companies' stories, the 1930s and its severe economic crisis bring critical lack of funds and changes in the ownership of the firm. Bentley becomes a subsidiary of its historical rival: Rolls Royce. Member of the WALPOLE BRISTISH LUXURY ASSOCIATION

Designer Artistic Director

Luc DONCKERWOLKE

Iconic Product
Invention

The Continental

The Bentley type Continental was launched in 1955.
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