Wolfgang Dürheimer was given the keys to one of the Bentley’s most respectable cars – W.O. Bentley’s 1930 8-litre saloon – at the Detroit Car Motor Show today. This officially meant that Dürheimer is stepping into the role of being the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors.
The car, which Bentley Motors now owns and still uses, marks the peak of W.O. Bentley’s career in engineering. With it being able to go over 100 mph, the 8-litre showed the ambition of W.O. Bentley and capability to manufacture a luxury car that will surpass any other top manufacturers at the time.
This capability of mixing luxury with stirring performance is what has been a major part of Bentley experience since then. Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, who’s stepping down as a chairman and CEO, was present to personally hand over the keys, as well as a hand-made model of the 8-litre to Dürheimer.
By February, Dürheimer will officially be a part of the well-known Crewe manufacturer. Dürheimer stated that he already had the satisfaction of paying Crewe a visit, which made him understand why the company is proud of its origins. He further noted that they are committed to craftsmanship, quality and enthusiasm, paying tribute to the way Dr. Paefgen led them.