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100 Years

On 10 July 2019, Bentley reached its Centenary, an achievement most definitely worth celebrating. From the very first prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of motoring. Watch our film above to see this story brought to life. 

W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in order to “build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. That desire has remained at the heart of Bentley’s vision ever since.

From the original 3 Litre right through to the incredibly powerful and refined cars of the modern era, Bentley’s extraordinary cars have always been designed and built by exceptional people. Today, every car is made at the Bentley factory in Crewe, in the north-west of England, by a team of over 4,000 highly skilled men and women.

It’s not just the team at Crewe that makes Bentley so extraordinary. Bentley drivers have always helped take our cars to ever greater heights, beginning with the high-spirited Bentley Boys and Bentley Girls of the 1920s and continuing through to the visionary Bentley owners of today.

The story of Bentley wouldn’t be the same without the exceptional talents of the team at Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning service. To mark the Centenary, the Mulliner team have created a a trilogy of rare and exquisite Limited Editions that pay tribute to some of Bentley’s most iconic cars – and the pioneering people behind them. You can read more about the Mulsanne W.O. Edition, the Continental GT Number 9 Edition and the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition.

To celebrate our 100th year, on our birthday we have revealed a new Concept car, Bentley EXP 100 GT, which demonstrates Bentley's vision for the future of the Grand Tourer. Read more about it here.

Read about Bentley’s first century – and the ways in which we marked the occasion – below.