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W.O.Bentley: The Man Behind the Marque

by Malcolm Bobbitt
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The Bentley motor car is one of the most respected marques in the world. It is synonymous with what is often referred to as the golden age of motorsport. Still the image remains of open sportscars, bearing the legendary winged B emblem, thundering around Brooklands and along the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Yet while Bentley motor cars are widely revered, their creator, Walter Owen Bentley, is largely unknown. In this meticulously researched and revealing biography, Malcolm Bobbitt chronicles W.O. Bentley's life and career and his love of machinery, especially motorcycles and motor cars. He records the rise and fall of Bentley Motors, the triumphs of the cars in competition, especially at Le Mans, and the enduring legend these performances created. The author looks back at W.O. Bentley's early career, his entry into the motor industry and his significant contribution during World War I to aero-engine design. He also gives a fascinating account of Bentley's continuous struggle to remain financially afloat. Without massive investment from the wealthy diamond merchant Woolf Barnato, Bentley Motors would not have survived as long as it did. When, during the Depression, Barnato could no longer afford to finance the company, it was taken over by Rolls-Royce. Malcolm Bobbitt recalls this controversial change of ownership and W.O. Bentley's diminished, sometimes unhappy role at Rolls-Royce and later at Lagonda.

 

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Rolls-Royce and Bentley: The History of the Cars

by Martin Bennett
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While not the largest reference on Rolls-Royce & Bentley, this book is one of the most pleasurable I've read on the subject. It is very well presented, concise, informative and readable. Beginning with the first Royce cars of 1904, the book continues chr

 

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Le Mans The Bentley and Alfa Years 19231939: Racing: The Bentley and Alfa Years, 1923-39

by Brooklands Books
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The DNA of Bentley: Rich Heritage, Challenging Future

by Richard Feast
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Bentley has a fabulous history of racing and of prestige road cars. But the new owner of the company is the Volkswagen Group which has a history-as the name translates-of building basic transport for the people.Bentley has already been back to Le Mans for

 

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Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur Bentley Mulsanne Eight,Continental Brooklands and Azure

by Malcolm Bobbitt
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This lavishly illustrated book covers the history of the evolution of these regal vehicles, starting with their ancestors through to inception, design and development and on to explain the final product. This book contains exhaustive technical facts for t

 

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Bentley: A Legend Reborn (Haynes Classic Makes Series)

by Graham Robson
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The book contains: expert insight into the company, its owners, key personnel and cars; interviews with a chief executive and three technical directors; colour illustrations of every model, from the 1920s to date; specially-commissioned photographs of pr

 

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Bentley 3-1/2 and 4-1/4 Litre in Detail 1933-40 (In Detail (Herridge & Sons))

by Nick Walker
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A history, description and analysis of the 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 Litre Bentleys built by Rolls-Royce during the 1930s following their surprise takeover of Bentley Motors early in the decade. Promoted as the silent sports car, these cars proved to be an extraord

 

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Coachwork on Vintage Bentleys: 3 Litre, 4.5 Litre, 6.5 Litre, Speed Six and 8 Litre, 1921-31

by Nick Walker
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All car enthusiasts know, or think they know, what a vintage Bentley should look like. It should have a four-seater tourer body and should be painted British Racing Green. But Bentleys werent always like that. When these cars were new, other types of bodi

 

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Rolls-Royce and Bentley: Silver Spirit to Azure, 1980-98 v. 4 (Collector's Guides)

by Graham Robson
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The fourth volume in this ever-expanding series covers all Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles from 1985 through the latest 1998 models. British automotive expert and renowned motorsport journalist Graham Robson includes detailed model-by-model descriptio

 

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