Wolfgang Durheimer accepts his new role as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2011

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.

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Wolfgang Dürheimer (52) prepared for his new role as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors at the Detroit Motor Show today when he accepted the keys to one of the company's most revered cars – W.O. Bentley's 1930 8-litre saloon which was his official company car.

The 8-litre, now owned by Bentley Motors and still driven to this day, represented the pinnacle of W.O. Bentley's engineering career. Capable of reaching more than 100 mph, the 8-litre demonstrated W.O. Bentley's ambition and ability to build a grand luxury car capable of surpassing every other leading manufacturer of the day. This ability to combine stirring performance with hand-crafted luxury has been at the heart of the Bentley experience ever since.

Mr. Dürheimer, who received the keys as well as a hand-crafted model of the 8-litre from Bentley's outgoing Chairman and CEO Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen and who will join the famous Crewe manufacturer on 1st February, commented:

"I have already had the pleasure of visiting Crewe and saw just why the company retains such a pride in its origins. The commitment to quality, craftsmanship and enthusiasm that everyone there shares, is remarkable and a tribute to the leadership of Dr. Paefgen."

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