Bentley

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Bentley Motors Limited
Type Private (subsidiary of Volkswagen Group)
Industry Automotive industry
Predecessor 1. Bentley Motors (1931) Limited
2. Bentley Motors Limited
Founded (business) 18 January 1919
Founder(s) W O Bentley, H M Bentley (brothers)
Headquarters Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Area served Worldwide
Key people W O Bentley
J W Barnato
Ernest Hives
current CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer,
Products Cars
Revenue £485.2 million (2010)
Employees 3,726 (2010)
Parent Volkswagen Group
Website BentleyMotors.com
File:Bentley badge and hood ornament-BW.jpg
Bentley's winged "B" badge and bonnet (hood) ornament

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just "W O". Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. After the war W. O. Bentley designed and made production cars that won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1924 and following models which repeated those successes each June 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930.

Purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, when production was moved from London to Derby and later to Crewe, this business has been owned by the Volkswagen Group of Germany since 1998. The business is still based in Crewe, Cheshire, England with their Central Production Facilities there.


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