Bentley Dallas celebrates centenary of iconic brand
By David Alvey. Photo by Rhi Lee & Michael Ainsworth
Jul 29, 2019
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Bentley Dallas put on the party of the century July 10th in honor of Bentley Motors’ Centenary.

“The policy was simple,” W.O. Bentley said when he founded his namesake motor company July 10, 1919. “We were going to make a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.”

Jessica Phillips, Dennis Valade

Timothy Cavitt, Toni Gary

Roy Powell, Rob Maher

True to its founding principles, Bentley continues to make fast cars with an emphasis on comfort and luxury. And they are arguably the best in their class.

Scott & Karen Drain

Goga Band

In celebration of Bentley’s Centenary, Bentley Dallas hosted a cocktail reception featuring a new 2020 Bentley Continental GTC convertible displayed next to an exquisite 1937 Bentley Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas in their Lemmon Avenue showroom.

Chris & Kristi Smith

Powered by its original 4.25 Liter engine, the ’37 Bentley with serial number B1KU was exported to the US in the late 1950s. While it still includes the initial body with matching numbers on the original parts, it’s not just a showpiece. The engine still purrs like a kitten. The rolling work of art will be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale August 16-17.

Renetta & Dante Wesley

Avery & Cassandra Johnson

Guest were serenaded by Armenian singer Goga and his trio, which played everything from pop music to opera. Bachendorf’s displayed a limited-edition Breitling timepiece among other beautiful pieces. Guests enjoyed a celebratory toast with Champagne Palmer and delicious canapés by Dallas Fish Market and Dallas Chop House. A “100 Extraordinary Years” cake also marked the notable anniversary.

Dennis Collins, owner Collins Brothers Jeeps; Richard Rawlings, proprietor of the Gas Monkey Garage and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” TV series, in front of 1937 Bentley Super Tourer

The old English company, now part of the Volkswagen Group, began celebrating its 100th anniversary earlier this year with the showing in Paris of its 2020 Bentley Continental GT convertible.

Bentley Dallas Sales Experience Manager Adriana Villas-Boas; Park Place Premier Collection GM Heath Strayhan; Park Place Premier Collection Director of Sales Malcolm Gage; Bentley Dallas Sales Experience Manager Brian Simmons

Daniel & Tiffany Moon

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT is a $225,000 coupe propelled effortlessly by a 6-liter 12-cylinder engine with 626 horsepower. With all-wheel-drive and a well-developed suspension, it can conquer mountain curves or devour autobahns with its 207-mph top-speed – yet it’s still capable of getting 24 mpg on the highway.

Dennis Collins, owner Collins Brothers Jeeps; and Richard Rawlings, proprietor of the Gas Monkey Garage and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” TV series, check out the 2020 Bentley Continental GTC

The new Continental will also be available in a convertible (GTC) as well as a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 version. The impressive Continentals join the popular Bentayga SUV as well as the Flying Spur and Mulsanne sedans in Bentley’s current offering of vehicles.

Rochelle Gotsdiner, Kelsey Collins

David & Sarah Wilson

Bentley Dallas is part of the Park Place Premier Collection on Lemmon Avenue.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit