An exceptional vehicle, designed by the Belgian Mr. Dirk Van Braeckel. A true masterpiece that emerged from and with passion for exclusive driving: The Bentley Continental GT-V8 ..................... no compromises !
But let's first start with a bit of interesting history (...just a little bit) that not everybody knows (before we get to the more exciting part of this article):
The oldest surviving Bentley in the world is Experimental Chassis #2, or EXP2, housed at Bentley's factory in Crewe, England.
The second of the three experimental cars that Walter Owen Bentley built before he began production of a customer version, when it was shown at the 1919 Olympia Motor Show it convinced Welshman Ivor Llewelyn to put down a deposit. You probably don't recognize the name Ivor Llewelyn, but you might recognize that of his son, Desmond, who played Q in the James Bond films from 1963's From Russia with Love to 1999's The World is not Enough.
That's more Bond connection for The Flying B, since the literary 007 drove a 4.5-Litre Bentley in Fleming's books.
In August of 1921, two years after putting down his deposit, Llewelyn took delivery of the first customer car, Chassis #3. The third chassis became the first delivery partly due to PR and partly due to production methods in the early days of the automobile. Chassis #1, delivered a month later, had been promised to a Bentley investor who also happened to supply Bentley's spark plugs. (Walter Owen was obliged to provide the 'first' car to one of his financiers.)
On top of that, Llewelyn's 3-Litre was bodied with simple, elegant, two-seat roadster coachwork. In the days when these things were fashioned by hand, the more involved coachwork for Chassis #1 and Chassis #2, delivered later in 1921, simply took longer to build.
No more history to be found here... If you want to know more about the history of the Bentley brand, just google it.
29 Facts about Bentley you should know:
1. Bentley Motor Cars has about 4.000 employees worldwide and has its regional offices in UK, USA, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Sydney, Korea, Dubai, and Mexico with about 212 facilities spread worldwide.
2. Though the Bentley Car Company was founded as early as in 1919, it produced only engine and chassis and no complete car for about the next 27 years.
3. Bentley Motor Cars won at the international reknowned 24 Hour race at Le Mans race for six times: 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 2003.
Bentley Azure detail
4. In 1930, the chairman of Bentley dared to challenge the speed of the famous "Blue Train" between Cannes and Calais in his Bentley Speed Six. Amazingly, he did reach his club in Victoria in London four minutes before the Blue Train pulled into Calais and thus he won this extraodrinary bet. This was one of the most legendary races in history.
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