Englishman Walter Owen, or W.O., Bentley founded Bentley Motors to launch his life as an entrepreneur. Bentley Motors, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, is widely known for the luxurious nature of the classic vehicle. Bentley has been in operation since 1919 and has been a popular and reliable vehicle ever since. Most models were built for racing, further proving W.O.’s passion for race cars. His goal was to create the best racecar in the world, and while reaching to achieve the aforementioned Bentley was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931 to avoid financial distress during the great depression. As years have passed the combined forces of Bentley and Rolls-Royce have built some of the most prominent vehicles we have today. In 1998 Bentley was sold to Volkswagen to continue making the high performing models.