Bentley Motors officially marked its 100th anniversary July 10th and is commemorating the anniversary with a year-long series of heritage events at places such as the Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton; the Mille Miglia; the 24 Hours of Le Mans; and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
In celebration of Bentley’s Centenary, Bentley Dallas hosted a cocktail reception featuring a new 2020 Bentley Continental GTC convertible displayed next to an exquisite 1937 Bentley Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas in its Lemmon Avenue showroom in Dallas.
Powered by its original 4.25 Liter engine, the ’37 Bentley with serial number B1KU was exported to the US in the late 1950s. While it still includes the initial body with matching numbers on the original parts, it’s not just a showpiece. The engine still purrs like a kitten. The mobile masterpiece will be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction August 16-17.
To commemorate the Centenary, Bentley Motors will produce an extremely limited edition of 100 new Mulsanne W.O. Editions worldwide. Inside each car will be a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O.’s personal 8-liter sedan, the last model he designed for Bentley Motors in 1930.
Bentle also celebrated by unveiling the EXP 100 GT, an electric vehicle that Bentley says can be driven or switched to autonomous mode and offers a top speed of 185-mph.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT shows that “the future of luxury mobility is as inspirational and aspirational as the last 100 years,” said Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley.
W.O. Bentley taught himself to design and build gasoline engines in the early 20th century. He always maintained that strength and reliability had to be paramount – the main reason he demanded beefy and often-expensive parts. “Every engine that we built was conceived with an eye first on reliability, then on smoothness and silence, and lastly on sheer power output,” Bentley once said.
That conviction and the culture he built can be seen today, 100 years later, in the brutishly beautiful sedans and SUVs of the company he founded, Bentley Motors Ltd.
The old English company, now part of the Volkswagen Group, began celebrating its 100th anniversary earlier this year with the showing in Paris of its new Bentley Continental GT convertible.
The 2019 Bentley Continental GT, for example, is a $225,000 coupe propelled effortlessly by a 6-liter 12-cylinder engine with 626-horsepower. With all-wheel-drive and a well-developed suspension, it can conquer mountain curves or devour autobahns with its 207-mph top-speed – yet it’s still capable of getting 24 mpg on the highway.
The impressive Continentals join the Bentayga SUV as well as the Flying Spur and Mulsanne sedans in Bentley’s current offering of vehicles.
Park Place Supercar Showcase
Bentley will be the featured marque at the 3rd Annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase September 28th at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas. In addition to a full array of Bentley vehicles, Park Place Dealerships’ New Car Concours will have a line-up of all the brands they represent as well as a Collectors’ Concours and the Car Club Expo. Park Place is a longtime CarProUSA Certified Dealer in Dallas, TX
Tickets to the one-day event are on sale now LuxurySupercarShowcase.com.