Auto enthusiasts marvel at the performance of modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron or McLaren F1, but every modern supercar pays homage to the same heritage. Without their predecessors, these amazing cars would’ve never come to be. And it’s the world’s first supercar to which we owe the most gratitude, the Bentley Speed Six.
Here are two of the most fascinating facts about the Bentley Speed Six
The Ford Effect
The Bentley Speed Six boasted a top speed of roughly 80 miles per hour in the late 20s. That might not seem like much when compared to the advanced, modern cars of today, but there’s one little fact that shows just how incredible it really is.
In 1909, the Ford Model T, the first mass produced automobile in America, was capable of reaching 40 or so miles per hour without too much trouble – an impressive feat for the time period. Less than two decades later, the Bentley Speed Six doubled that top speed. That’s a true marvel.
All the Marbles
Despite the fact that Bentley has released many successful cars since the Bentley Speed Six, none have come close to beating its racing record. The Speed Six won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Brooklands Double 12, among other prestigious races. It’s the most successful Bentley model in history.