Black and White
Bentley all started with the brand name Bentley and Bentley back when its founders WO (W.O Bentley) and his brother HM bought the French auto company Lecoq and Fernie. Right after their purchase, the company was renamed subsequently and settled in Mayfair.
It was in 1919 when Bentley and Bentley was resurrected as Bentley Motors, which preceded a stint producing airplane engine during the World War II. A year after, the first Flying B insignia surfaced on the 1920 Bentley 3 ½ Liter test car, which was developed near London's Baker Street. At the same time, the company's first production car, which was another 3 ½ Liter, was palmed off to the firm's first client in 1921.
From 1921 to 1930, Bentley Motors saw an era which sought for more power in the business. During this period, the company savored its first win at Brooklands, which was followed by its only entry Indianapolis 500 in 1922, which was ultimately qualified but finished last.
The Bentley Motor's engines grew even larger in the Roaring Twenties, providing a 6 ½ Liter, a 4 ½ Liter, a supercharged Speed Six, and an 8 Liter which weighed two and a half tons from the Cricklewood factory.
In 1926, Wo was demoted to managing director of the company to make room for Woolf Barnato who eventually became chairman. Five years after, Rolls-Royce bought the company but kept WO on just to keep him from creating a new firm that could possibly rival R-R. The first R-R-produced Bentley – the 3.5 Liter – made its debut in 1933. It was that year when WO finally left the company for Lagonda in 1935. Four years after these events, the company's factory at Crewe opened.
Dubbed as the "blackest" period in Bentley's history, the Rolls-Royce era from 1940 - 1982saw the creation of the MkVI of 1946 which was noted to be the first Bentley to be engineered using R-R's components. Meanwhile, the 1952 R-Type Continental was considered as the last Bentley to be built without a Rolls equivalent. WO Bentley died in 1971 at a ripe age of 83.
Things went promising for Bentley from 1981 to 1998, touted to be as the company's "Rebirth" age. This all started with the introduction of the 1982 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, which was named after Le Mans' straight. The Bentley Continental R, which launched in 1991, was famed for being the first Bentley to come with its dedicated body since 1954. It was also during the 1990s when Bentley was already outselling Rolls-Royce, prompting both companies to celebrate their partnership by using a green background on the Flying B across all 1993 variants.
Volkswagen finally bought Rolls-Royce in 1998, which also included Bentley. On December 31, 2002, in what proved to be a momentous day for Bentley, R-R and Bentley officially became separated- all thanks to BMW's decision to buy the rights to the R-R name. At the same time, VW also announced that it would be investing neary USD 1 billion to revive the British automotive company.
The 2006 Bentley Azure served as Bentley's resurrected flagship in the luxury sedan segment. Since the company's introduction at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show, the company's Continental lineup expanded from a blazing fast sedan to seven entries and convertibles as well, which included one flex-fuel variant. With the release of the Bentley Mulsanne in 2009, Bentley finally erected its own feet on the ground with a top-of-the-line, gasoline-propelled sedan under its name.
Bentley in the Philippines
Bentley first official foray in the Philippines happened in 2013 when it opened its first Bentley Manila showroom right at the 2nd floor of the PGA building on EDSA. It was in that year when the company's local reach doubled as its reach across the country has been extended, letting more Filipino consumers experience their luxurious and innovative vehicles.
The first Bentley variants on the display during this milestone were the flagship Mulsanne, Continental GT, Continental GT Speed, and the Continental GTC. Akin to all Bentley vehicles, these entries offer powerful engines and bespoke interiors which are all engineered only using natural components like wood, metal, and leather. Absolutely no plastics were noted.
Currently, the Philippines serves as the 52nd country with a Bentley presence while the PGA Cars becoming its 183rd dealer.
Bentley competes with other luxury brands in Manila such as Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
The Bentley Motors Manila's updated site offers a slew of vehicles, ranging from saloon to SUVs, down to coupe, and convertibles. The Saloon segment is front-lined by Mulsanne, Flying Spur, Continental, and Bentayga. Under the SUV section, the Bentley Bentayga comes in five variants – Bentayga Mulliner, Bentayga Speed, the vanilla Bentayga, Bentayga V8 design series, and Bentayga V8. For Coupe, the Continental features the new Continental GT. The Convertible series also offers a new Continental GT Convertible.
The Bentley Motors Manila's site also features a pre-owned section which boasts of used Bentleys. There are no listings on the site at the moment, though.
For its Service section, the company boasts of disclosures pertaining to its genuine parts. The firm currently is equipped with over 55,000 components, with each covered by a comprehensive warranty. In the same vein, the firm's service and repair still remain as vital as it is paramount whether you're preserving the performance and condition of your Bentley or Rolls-Royce.
The site also features Bentley's roadside assistance which states that for each car that is covered by the Bentley New Car Warranty, or by Bentley Extended or Pre-Owned Warranty, consumers are expected to benefit from its comprehensive and exclusive package. This package includes roadside recovery and home assistance, storage and garaging, travel and accommodation costs (where applicable), car hire, and car repatriation.
There's also a mention of Bentley's Heritage Support which introduces an innovative way of cataloguing parts and components from the now-expansive range of Crew-engineered Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage variants.