Of all the makes and models that PB Supercars have hired since our founding in 2006, the Bentley Continental has been a constant in our ever evolving fleet of supercars. The Continental has a well deserved reputation as the supercar that perfectly combines elegance, performance and timeless class. That is why we and so many of our customers love it. What makes it so great?
Bentleys are special and one of the most sought after luxury car brands in the world. Everything that brand promises is true. Owning a Bentley is a statement of success, a declaration of impeccable taste and a connection to an astonishing racing legacy. They do come with a hefty price tag and running costs, so they make the ideal hire car for those wanting the extravagance and the kudos but are not in the position to own a Bentley.
A Supercar with a Racing Legacy
In order to know why the Bentley history is important, first we need to understand how Bentley came to be. In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley, predominantly an aircraft engine maker, started his own business designing racing cars using his skills developed in the aircraft industry. These first Bentleys were nothing short of outstanding with a massive 3 litre engine, dwarfing the Bugattis that were dominating the racing circuits during the period. It didn’t take long for Bentley to build their reputation as master engineers and become the new dominant force in racing. The Bentley 3 litre went on to win Le Mans, the most prestigious motor race in the world, in 1924 and 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930.
Alongside the racing models, Bentleys were also adapted by luxury coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas for the rich and the wealthy to enjoy. Thanks to success on the track, Bentley was making a name for itself in the international press and quickly became desirable among royalty, aristocracy, film stars and businessmen. Here we began to see the ‘no expense spared’ attitude to car making with many choosing to modify their cars to their own personal tastes, a practice we still see with modern Bentleys. As the 1930s progressed and families recovered from the depression, Bentley production increased and the business became more successful. They were now seen as the perfect package. Not only was the power important, the Bentleys were super reliable and relatively safe to drive at speed.