Prior to the Great War the Bentley brothers sold the DFP that they imported from France. Walter Owen Bentley extracted more power from the engines and successfully raced these cars.The first Bentley was made in 1919 but not available until 1921. This 3 litre four-cylinder car was built in several versions.
In 1930 the famous 4.5-litre was introduced using a development of the 3 litre engine. Fifty cars were built with the supercharger to meet Le Mans requirements for all competing cars to be available for sale to the public.By 1931 the company was in financial difficulties and was taken over by Rolls-Royce.
A few cars known as the Mark V were built prior to the Second World War. After the war the Mark VI was introduced and in 1951 was fitted with a 4.5 litre engine and some versions were designated the R-Type.1955 saw the S-Type with an enlarged six-cylinder engine and a V8 from 1959 to 1965.