Beachroad Magazine go on the hunt with the Veneer Hunters, the people who source the finest materials for Bentley.
The Iconic manufacturer has added its first new veneer in five years 'Liquid Amber' to its collection. The innovative interior finish is the luxury brand’s seventh exclusive veneer, highlighting Bentley’s quest to use the finest materials sourced by its own veneer hunting experts.
BENTLEY THE FACTS :
Bentley was founded in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley, or W.O. as he was known.
W.O. Bentley’s mission statement is as true today as it was then “To build a good car, a fast car, the best in its class”.
The first Bentley car, EXP 1, was completed in London in 1919.
Cricklewood was the first home of Bentley, producing cars until 1931.
Rolls-Royce bought the company for £125,275 in 1931. From then on production moved to Derby until 1940, where the famous Derby Bentleys were made.
The Pyms lane factory was built in1938, originally to manufacture the Merlin aero engine – 26,065 engines were built between 1938 and 1946.
Car production commenced at Crewe in 1946, the first Bentley to roll off the production line was the Mark V1.
In 1998 Bentley was acquired by the Volkswagen Group, immediately investing over £1billion to upgrade the factory.
As of the end of 2015, Bentley is operating in 58 different markets, with 203 retail partners.
20,815 solar panels on Bentley’s factory roof can supply up to 40% of the site’s electrical requirements and save an estimated 2,150 tons of CO2 emissions a year. Situated over 3.45 hectares of roof space, they generate enough energy to power 1,200 houses for a year.
More than 700 businesses supply 18,000 parts from 31 countries and five continents to Crewe - 82 suppliers are located within a 50 mile radius of the factory.
On average, 26 Continentals and Flying Spurs, 5 Mulsannes and 31 Bentaygas are built a day. It takes around 110 hours to build a Continental GT, around 130 to build a Flying Spur, 130 to build a Bentayga, and around 400 to build a Mulsanne from start to finish.
Every Mulsanne steering wheel takes one person 10 metres of thread, 5 hours and 620 stitches to complete.
Every sheet of wood within a complete car comes from the exact same tree. This is to ensure the pattern and colour is the same throughout the car and remains consistent as it ages.
Each bundle of veneer consists of 24 leaves.
A Bentley wood specialist views around 25,000 square metres of veneer in its raw form during selection, checking every inch, to ensure it is of the finest quality, a process that takes two days.
It takes a human touch to achieve the Mulsanne’s best in industry paint finish. The process takes a team of people 12 hours to sand and polish every single car.