Bentley’s big birthday: 100 years of luxury
July 31, 2019driversclub
Luxury carmaker Bentley has celebrated its centenary this week – and what better way to do it than showcasing a concept car full of ideas for the brand’s future?
Celebrating the past, looking to the future
The first ever Bentley prototype was created 100 years ago in a London mews, with the simple aim to “build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”.
That ambition became a marque adored for its luxury vehicles and coveted by automotive enthusiasts everywhere, even if driving one will only ever be a pipedream for many.
In 2019, every single Bentley is manufactured at the factory in Crewe – and to mark its big birthday, the brand has created a trilogy of “rare and exquisite” limited edition models to pay tribute to some of Bentley’s best ever cars.
There’s the Mulsanne WO Edition; the Continental GT Number 9; and the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition.
However, fans are sure to be more excited about the new Concept car: the Bentley EXP 100 GT, which displays Bentley’s vision of the future of the Grand Tourer circa 2035.
It’s fully autonomous (but can be driven if the owner wishes), features exterior paint made from recycled rice husks as a nod to sustainability, and incorporates a unique AI system called Bentley Personal Assistant, which helps the car’s occupants enhance and curate their Grand Tour experiences (we’re not sure what that means either).
Bentley chairman Adrian Hallmark said: “Today, on our centenary, we demonstrate our vision of the future of our marque. Bentley will continue to enhance and enrich every single journey and the lives of every single person who travels in, or has the honour to be a part of creating our extraordinary products.”
Steve Clarke, marketing manager at Drivers Club News, comments: “We’d like to wish Bentley a very happy birthday, and we continue to look forward to seeing what the brand comes up with in the next 100 years.”
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