Bentley. The Book. cover.
Bentley was founded by Walter Owen Bentley, known to all as "W.O." He was a born engineer, but his first experience was not with motor cars - it was trains. In 1905, aged 16, he set off on his bicycle to work at the Great Northern Railway Locomotive Works in Doncaster, northern England.
Bentley - The Book is a spectacular 304 page hardcover journey into the powerful world of the brand showcasing 250 photographs, handcrafted by Bentley and published by teNeues with the foreword by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell and an introduction by Edito In Chief of GQ, Dylan JOnes in English, German, French, Russian and Chinese.
Theirs cars are only accessible to a very few but this books brings the story of this brand's history to all of us. Certainly, if you love cars, this is a must have for your library.
This is the company that created a Le Mans winner and a state limousine in the same year. Their 200 mph vehicles contain the handstitching of fine leather and of high glossed veneers from 80-year-old trees; as well as the latest in-car technologies.
For Bentley there is no contradiction between supreme luxury and sheer exhilaration. This was James Bond’s first car, the record-setting ride of the Bentley Boys, the vision of founder W. O. Bentley – “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class” – and a vision that is still unfolding. Here is a grand tour through one of automotive’s truly distinctive brands.
A breathtaking array of images, from conceptual sketches to artistic portraits and vintage press materials capture a unique blend of meticulous craftsmanship and precision engineering. Readers also gain detailed insights into the bespoke manufacturing process as well as a presentation of individual models from the very beginning to the present day. In addition, there¹s a fascinating examination of the philosophy behind the brand, detailing how the spirit of Bentley has evolved over time‹including a look at the company¹s collaboration with the St. Regis Hotel in the form of the exclusive Bentley suite.
As one would expect from a car renowned for its customization and fine distinguishing touches, The Bentley Book showcases the most important models and even special one-offs, like the Beatles Bentley. Racing enthusiasts will be thrilled by the special chapter on the 24-hour Le Mans race, which holds a significant place in Bentley¹s history. The company¹s recent developments are presented in style with breathtaking spreads on the latest models, including the Continental GT Speed Convertible as well as the new Flying Spur.
(source: Courtesy of teNeues. Photos © Bentley Motors)
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