Founded in 1919; in 1931 Bentley went into receivership and was bought by Rolls-Royce. For the remainder of the century, the Bentley name was primarily attached to vehicles of Rolls-Royce origins.
In 1998, Volkswagen outbid BMW to buy both Rolls-Royce and Bentley from Vickers. The Rolls-Royce trademarks, however, is controlled by the airplane engine company of the same name, and they, due to their long-standing relationship with BMW, had licensed the brand to the Bavarian car maker.
After much negotiation, BMW and VW came to agreement. BMW would continue supplying Rolls-Royce and Bentley with engines until the 2012. From 2013, Rolls-Royce and Bentley would go their separate ways, with BMW forming a new company that would make Rolls-Royce cars, while VW would have all of the company’s pre-existing physical assets and the rights to make Bentley vehicles.
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