The luxury automobile brand Bentley, that we all know today was founded by W. O. Bentley on 18 January 1919 in Cricklewood near London and was later acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931. Since then, they managed to produce some of the best cars ever to be made. We have created a list of the top 10 Bentleys of all time: Which one is your favourite?
Bentley Continental GT
After the acquisition of the Bentley in 1998 by Volkswagen AG management Bentley went on to produce the Continental GT. The car was first introduced at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, and is equipped with a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine which produces an output of 552 hp .
Bentley Continental GT accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 318 km/h (197.6 mph). Early models of the Continental GT include a choice of 6 body colours, 8 hide colours, 5 veneer types, and 4 carpet and seatbelt colours, so it’s pretty much highly customisable.
Bentley Speed Six
The Bentley Speed Six introduced in 1928, would become the most successful racing Bentley at that time. That’s because by 1924, the company decided to build a larger chassis than the 3 Litre, with a smoother, more powerful engine.
The Bentley Speed Six was introduced as a more sporting version of the Bentley 6½ Litre and came with an engine that produced 180 hp at 3500 rpm. While the racing version of the Speed Six had an engine that produced 200 hp and was very successful in racing, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1929 and 1930.
Bentley R Type
Bridging the gap between the hugely successful MkVI and the more advanced S-series, the R-type was the second new Bentley of the post-war era and the final model to be offered with a manual gearbox. Despite the years separating the R-type from its earlier sibling, there is little to distinguish the pair besides the addition of a slightly ungainly boot, which was shared with the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and all but doubled the model’s luggage capacity.
Under the skin the R-type was very much a known quantity, sharing its big-bore 4566cc in-line ‘six’ with MkVIs built after 1951, while suspension was by coil springs at the front and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear.
Bentley 8 Litre
When people think of 1930’s styled cars odds are they are thinking of something like the Bentley 8 Litre. The 8 Litre is the quintessential 30s styled automobile with a wide cabin, dark colours, and huge front-grill.
Sadly though, the 8 Liter was released during the Great Depression. This meant that Bentley was unable to sell many and only made one-hundred of them. Back then they sold for a mere £1,850, now an 8 Liter is hundred of thousands, if not millions. At least they are appreciated now as works of art and not relegated to the dark corners of history.
Bentley Mark VI
The Bentley Mark VI was produced from 1946 to 1952, it was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley. Announced in May 1946, the Mark VI was the first car from Rolls-Royce with all-steel coachwork and the first complete car assembled and finished at their factory.
The Mark VI engines and chassis were modified to provide higher performance and were the most expensive production cars in the world and the world’s fastest 4/5-seater saloons. In 1951, a 4.6-litre, factory bodied car was tested by The Motor magazine, and could reach a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) and go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 15.0 seconds.
The Bentley Mulsanne is a handmade full-size luxury car manufactured by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors in the United Kingdom. The car is named after the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans racing circuit, where Bentley race cars have won six times in the 24 hours racing format.
The Mulsanne is one of Bentley’s most expensive models. Most range from anywhere between $270,000 to $350,000. If high-end luxury is the goal, then the Mulsanne will surely meet its criteria. Especially since the Mulsanne is a bonafide personal limousine.
Introduced in 1992, the Brooklands was a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley Eight models. The car was actually named after the Brooklands racetrack in Surrey, where Bentley obtained some of its greatest triumphs in the 20s and 30s.
Continuing Bentley’s angular design theme, the Brooklands was intended as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Bentley Turbo R, which featured the same 6.75-litre V8 engine, but without the more powerful model’s turbocharger. Driven by the same Rolls Royce engine, the car came with a four-speed automatic transmission was rear-wheel drive, and featured independent front and rear suspension.
Bentley Turbo R
Back in the early 90s, Bentley Motors decided to bring their turbo charged Mulsanne’s engine into its own, newer, body style. Thus, the Bentley Turbo R was created and loved by audiences.
The Bentley Turbo R was very quick; It had a turbocharged V8 and a relatively lightweight body. The Turbo R even branched out into more trims like the Turbo S, Turbo RT, and the new Turbo R. Nowadays, just about anyone can afford a classic Turbo R for around $20,000. Not too bad for a luxury sports car.
1929 Birkin Blower
Sometimes the most interesting ideas on paper don’t end up being the most successful in practice. This exact situation embodies the 1929 Birkin Blower. Even though it was super-charged and took place in the historical Le Mans race.
Regardless, the Birkin Blower was the purest form of infantile racing in the ’30s. It’s looks were both race-like and luxurious for the time. Although the Blower never really won a race, it’s still an important piece of racing history and, as such, has sold for millions at an auction in recent years.
You might not have heard of this Bentley, but that’s because the Hunaudières was never released to the general public, however, there was a working model that gathered some interest.
The reason we have added the Hunaudières to our top 10 list is because of its bold design. Bentley is mostly known for their luxury vehicles, so the Hunaudières was a very brave move from Bentley executives. Although it has what some may considered ‘a strange look’ and never made it to the market, the Hunaudières was a critical part of Bentley’s gradual move towards more ‘sporty’ cars.