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Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley in 1919, when he presented a new chassis design at the LA Motor Show. The brand aims to build and market high end cars and SUVs with utmost luxury features.

The chassis presented at the LA Motor Show in 1919 was fitted with a new, innovative engine that featured four valves per cylinder. The first cars were expected to come out the production line in June 1920. However, due to unexpected delays in development, the first Bentley car came out in September 1921. The first Bentley models were acclaimed for their durability as they competed in hill-climb events and went on targeting records at Brooklands.

Bentley’s sustained development allowed the brand to win the famous 24 Hours of LeMans race in 1924, and also retain the podium between 1927 and 1930. However, the automaker hasn’t won the race again until over 70 years later, in 2003.

In 1931, Rolls Royce purchased Bentley but was forced to renounce ownership in 1971. During Rolls-Royce ownership, Bentley released the Mark IV – first of its kind to feature a full-metal body and the iconic Bentley Continental.  The original Bentley Continental was built on a fastback coupe chassis while a few units were rolling chassis to the coachbuilder.

After 1971, Bentley was taken over by Vickers and then, in 1998, acquired by Volkswagen AG. Volkswagen invested 500 million British pounds in modernizing the Bentley factory in Crewe, also more than doubling the number of people working there.

In 2002, after more than $2 billion invested by Volkswagen Group, Bentley released an official state limousine for Queen Elizabeth II. A year later, Bentley replaces the Azure with the more famous Continental GT, powered by a W12 petrol unit. The demand for the Continental GT was so high at the time, Bentley struggled to meet the production rate. A limited, higher-performance trim was released in 2008, named Continental GT Zagato (GTZ).

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