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.

Who is Bentley named after?

Bentley is named after its founder, Walter Owen Bentley or W. O. Bentley, as he is more commonly referred to.


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