Once the preserve of aristocrats and mill owners, landed gentry and self-made industrialists, Bentleys have been a sign of success and good taste since the intrepid Bentley Boys of the 1920s and ’30s.
But what goes up must come down, and now a fistful of the firm’s most notable models have fallen in value to the point that they are within the grasp of the unwashed masses.
But which one should you go for? Here, we round up eight (relatively) affordable ways to get your Bentley fix as the marque celebrates its 100th birthday.
1. Bentley Continental GT
Like the much-maligned Burberry baseball cap, the Continental GT is a great luxury product that was quickly co-opted by a generation of footballers and nightclub promoters, in the process attracting the attention of the less salubrious people who wanted to be them.
Ignoring the wideboy image that seems to have followed it since its earliest days, the Continental is actually a fantastic car and one that is now available for the same price as an entry-level family saloon.