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Bentley’s centenary celebrated by new Bonhams exhibition

The visual memorabilia feast opens on April 12 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street saleroom in London

Bentley is one of the finest British creations – Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams

Stately British motoring institution Bentley hits 100 not out this year and the latest celebration of its illustrious history is Age of Endeavour, a new exhibition by Bonhams in London.

One hundred pieces of memorabilia will feature at the exhibition, which is showing for one day only on April 12 at the auctioneer’s New Bond Street saleroom.

The visual feast will include artefacts that once belonged to W.O. Bentley, who founded the company that bears his name in August 1919.

Age of Endeavour encompasses the golden age of racing, with items from Brooklands and Le Mans.

Alongside these, period photos, posters and trophies, four iconic Bentley team cars will be on display in the saleroom.

Bentley is one of the finest British creations – Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams

“Bentley is one of the finest British creations, and it is a privilege to be hosting this landmark exhibition at Bonhams,” says Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams’ motoring department director. “This collection of memorabilia and motor cars is unique in its breadth, and truly showcases the astonishing achievements of one of the world’s best-loved and most successful marques.”

The exhibition is free to attend.

Throughout the year, Bentley is also celebrating with Centenary Specification on cars built between January and December 2019, with features including special badging, interior stitching and door welcome lamps.

bonhams.com; bentleymotors.com

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