Centenary specifications will include a number of unique design touches.
Bentley Motors Limited was founded by English engineer Walter Owen Bentley and his brother in 1919. Intending to turn their aero engine business into a car manufacturing one, they soon built a name for themselves with sporty Grand Tourers that proved themselves in various endurance racing events such as the LeMans 24 Hours.
While the company has seen its fair share of ups and downs with numerous owners at the helm, W.O. Bentley’s principle to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”, has been a core principle throughout. To celebrate its illustrious history, all 2019 model year Bentleys will feature a number of unique design features and details.
Centenary badging, distinctive seat embroidery and unique treadplates with a 1919-2019 display are among some of the features that will be found on all cars built from January to December 2019.
The steering wheel badge, key fob and gear selector will also be of a slightly different design and a refined metallic gold, referred to as Centenary Gold, will be used on logos, contrast stitching and other trim pieces. The color has been chosen to honor the metalwork found on vintage Bentleys of the past such as the EXP 2 of 1919 and the famous racing 1929 Birkin Blower.
After many decades of absence, Bentley finally returned to its racing roots once again and is participating in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
Back in the 1920s, W.O. Bentley used the harsh racing environment as a proving ground for his early models and the successes of the legendary ‘Bentley Boys’ made Bentley a household name the world over. Aside from winning at Le Mans five times, Bentley also triumphed at Brooklands, Indianapolis and the Isle of Man. Let’s hope it continues its winning ways both on and off the track for the next 100 years.