The Making Of Your Bentley Car
The craftsmanship behind the build of a Bentley car is unlike any other. Exquisite explores the 'intensely personal' creation of a Bentley motor...
The Bentley experience is unlike any other. For the driver, it involves stepping inside a world of pure luxury and performance. For the Bentley team, it comprises their incredible craftsmanship, skill and pride in the luxury brand.
From their factory in Crewe, the skilled craftsmen stamp quality into every Bentley motor that they produce. From intricate details such as initials carefully etched into the upholstery to bespoke bodies which are literally hand-built from the ground up. Take the Mulsanne as an example. Each car’s body is the result of 400 hours of intricate work by the master metalworkers. This detail “takes a human touch to achieve, and once painted will be invisible to the eye – looking and feeling as though hewn from solid metal.”
Bentley offers 120 paint colours to choose from, but if none of these feel quite right, the customer can order a bespoke shade. It takes 12 painstaking hours of polishing to achieve the stunning ‘Bentley Mirror Finish.’
Moving inside the vehicle, the beautiful wooden veneer and leather upholstery are also the result of selective sourcing, treating and handling. Bentley veneer experts travel across the globe to check and select the best wood for their cars. Bull hides are sourced from Northern Europe, specifically from areas lacking barbed wire and insects which may mark the exquisite leather for upholstery.
Each interior is hand-stitched with the hide being precision-cut. Around 150 hours are spent to perfect the leather interior of a Bentley Mulsanne. That’s before any personalisation. Bentley workers take such pride in their intricate stitching and detailing that they are always able to identify their own work. They add their initials to the inside of the upholstery - a hallmark of quality.
Of course, the heart of every Bentley is the engine, and each one is handcrafted. Every component of the 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 and 6-litre W12 is selected and installed by hand by dedicated engine technicians. Bentley is still the world’s largest producer of the W12 engine.