Not many auto enthusiasts are old enough
to remember when pre-World War II cars were new, and
those who do are most likely selling off their collections,
not buying them. Those of us who are infatuated with
those ancient cars are probably more interested in their
rich history than in nostalgia. Duesenbergs, Rolls-Royce
Silver Ghosts, Bugattis - all will not be forgotten
because of their significance in automotive history.
We all have our favorite historical make. Having devoted
so much time to so many prewar marques and owning several,
I have confirmed multiple times that Vintage Bentley
is my favorite. Consequently, building a website devoted
to them seemed appropriate.
Like Rembrandts, Picassos and Monets, all great works
of art are expensive and excellent investments. To auto
afficionados the great ones of the past are more than
just works of art. They represent breakthroughs in engineering,
performance, design and quality. W. O. Bentley set out
to build cars that were the best in all those aspects.
He then proved his accomplishments on the track by adding
reliability to the list. Vintage Bentleys were only
built from 1919 through 1931, but during that time they
won the 24 Hour LeMans Endurance Race five times - 1924,
1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Today Vintage Bentleys share
center stage with other greats.
Ken W. Purdy, brilliant auto historian and author, once
said, "If you can only own three great cars, choose
a [Vintage] Bentley, Bugatti and Duesenberg. If you
can afford six, buy two [Vintage] Bentleys, two Bugattis
and two Duesenbergs." Purdy died in 1972 before
I was able to ask him, if I could only own one, which
should I choose. I hope he is pleased by my choice.
Maybe you agree.
For those of you collecting literature on these magnificent
marques, I present my personal collection of Vintage
Bentley sales literature.