- 103 years of history now has dedicated heritage showcase in the heart of the Bentley factory
- The ultimate Bentley ‘Toy Box’ in an inspirational setting
- New facility open to colleagues, customers and guests
- Repurposed hall within Crewe site for expanded Heritage Collection
- Heritage Collection growing to 34 road-legal vehicles and eight race cars
- All Heritage vehicles maintained in full running order
Some of the most historically significant Bentley models from the past 103 years of the company’s history now reside in a portion of the original Crewe factory site. The Heritage Garage serves as a showcase for the 42-car Bentley Heritage Collection and complements the Bentley Lineage exhibition currently on display in CW1 House.
The Heritage Garage will house 22 vehicles from the collection, which are currently spread out from 1919 to the present, but will eventually concentrate on the Crewe-built vehicles, which are all from 1946 and later.
For the first time ever, thanks to the new facility, every member of Bentley’s Heritage Collection is now kept on the Bentley campus. The Collection now encompasses the entire history of the company after undergoing a significant development and expansion program over the past 18 months.
Customers, VIPs, and media guests will all be able to view an uninterrupted chain of Bentley production models in Crewe that are all maintained in excellent working order and road-legal condition. The collection will be divided into three areas by the summer of next year.
A soon-to-be-renovated display in CW1 House will house significant Cricklewood models (1919–31) and Derby-era Bentleys (1931–39), while the Heritage Garage will house Crewe-built models. The collection’s eight race cars, which include the Ice Speed Record, Pikes Peak, and Speed 8s from Le Mans, will be displayed separately.
A New Showcase
The Heritage Garage, which is housed inside the original factory built of brick in the 1930s, served as the “project forum” where models like the 2003 Continental GT were developed and planned. As coworkers move through the factory, they can see the open, airy environment that is the factory’s core.
The Garage, which is surrounded by a stunning collection of vintage Bentleys, is also used as an event space for internal briefings and external presentations.
The Heritage Collection plays a crucial role in the company’s ongoing Beyond100 transformation by clearly illustrating the history of the Bentley of today. Additionally, Heritage Collection automobiles are displayed and driven on important occasions all over the world, from Pebble Beach to the Mille Miglia.
Mike Sayer, the director of Bentley’s Heritage Collection, says:
“Now that we’ve completely rebuilt the collection to chart our history, we’re committed to continuing to add to it with every significant new model we release.” For instance, the 2019 Bentayga Hybrid, which was both the first-ever plug-in hybrid Bentley and a significant step in our “Beyond100” strategy toward electrification, is now a part of the Collection.
We want visitors and employees from all departments to be able to share the lengthy history of Bentley Motors as we move forward. We can actively refer to our past while charting the course for our future thanks to The Heritage Garage, which brings that history to vivid life.
Heritage Collection Examples
Each of the 42 vehicles in the collection has a unique place in Bentley’s past.
The Heritage Collection’s Cricklewood section houses some of the most recognizable pre-war Bentleys in existence. The EXP2, the second vehicle produced by W.O. Bentley and the oldest Bentley in existence, serves as the starting point.
Next are two blowers, including Team Car #2, the most valuable Bentley ever built, a 1929 Speed Six, and the 1930 8 Liter that served as W.O.’s personal vehicle for two years.
The Bentley Mark VI was the first vehicle to leave the Crewe factory, and it immediately became popular with buyers. The Heritage Collection example, AGO 2, has a two-tone green over black finish and serves as a crucial link between the iconic Type R Continental of 1952 and the 4 14-liter Embiricos of 1938.
Another crucial narrative thread is the Jack Phillips-designed aluminum alloy V8 engine, which debuted in 1959. The Heritage Collection’s elegant 1963 S3 Bentley Standard Saloon, 176 FGH, and the convertible Bentley Continental of 1984—A455 YGJ, the Chairman’s personal company car—were both powered by the naturally aspirated version of this engine.
When the 6.75-litre V8 was turbocharged, Bentley’s sales and reputation on a global scale dramatically increased. Examples of this powertrain in the Heritage Collection include the 2001 Arnage Red Label, the first vehicle made while the Volkswagen Group was in control, and the 1991 Turbo R. Bentley’s Heritage model, finished in Fireglow red, represents one of the pivotal moments in the company’s history.
Up until 2020, the 6.75-liter V8 kept up Bentley’s tradition of effortless torque. The leviathan V8’s final iteration as the Mulsanne’s engine produced 512PS and 1020Nm of torque, allowing it to reach 184 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
The second model ever to leave the assembly line was the Mulsanne from the Heritage Collection, chassis 000002. The interior is trimmed in Shortbread, and the exterior is finished in Imperial Blue.
Bentley and Crewe underwent a revolution after the 2003 launch of the Continental GT, which increased production from less than 1,000 highly coachbuilt vehicles annually to more than ten times that amount. The first Continental GT to roll off the Crewe assembly lines was chassis VIN 20001, a right-hand drive Cypress Green model.
The 6.0-litre W12 engine, which is small and incredibly powerful, quickly overtook the 6.75-litre V8 as Bentley’s most well-known engine. Three generations of the Flying Spur and both generations of the potent Continental Supersports coupé are among the W12-powered Heritage Collection models.
The 2016 “first of line” Bentayga, chassis 00001, one of the most significant models introduced in Bentley’s 103-year history, is also propelled by the adaptable W12.
The 2014-released Continental GT V8S is a representation of the cutting-edge Bentley 4.0-liter V8 in the Heritage Collection. A more modern version of the 4.0-litre V8 is now available across all Bentley model lines, making it the first completely new Bentley V8 since the mid-1950s.