Bentley is a British manufacturer of luxury cars, which is the part of German company Volkswagen AG. Bentley cars are largely hand-built. more
The brand logo consists of stylized wings and a “B” letter. The wings are used because during the WW1 Bentley produced aircraft engines. Moreover, they symbolize speed. It’s interesting that the amount of feathers can vary for different models. At the moment, 11 feathers on one side and 10 on the other is the most widespread variant. The colors used for the emblem are white, black and silver. White stands for purity and charm, black signifies elegance and superiority, and silver shows creativity and perfection of the product.
The company was created in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley. In three years, Bentley takes part in its first race, 1922 Indianapolis 500, and shows good results. Thanks to numerous investments of Woolf Barnato, the company was able to create the new generation of cars in 1929.
Woolf Barnato and other rich motorists like Sir Henry Birkin, steeplechaser George Duller, aviator Glen Kidston, journalist S.C.H. Davis and Dr Dudley Benjafield are known as Bentley Boys. They took part in the races and managed to win 4 times in a row, driving Bentley cars.
In 1939, Rolls-Royce bought the company. Till 2004, all Bentley cars used the chassis and engines, inherited or adapted from Rolls-Royce. After the Second World War, the company didn’t produce cars but only rolling chassis.
Since 1998, Bentley is owned by Volkswagen, which invested about $2 billion in order to revive the company. Bentley started to prosper and there even were waiting lists for its cars as the demand exceeded supply.