Bentley is one of the most highly regarded and well-known luxury automobile manufacturers in the world. However, despite the fact that Bentley Motors Limited spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight, there are still some surprising facts that many people don’t know about this British car brand.
Number 1: Bentley is One of Britain’s Top Employers. The company has been named one of the top employers in Britain for the past four years. The company currently employs approximately 4,000 people all over the world.
Number 2: The Cars’ Leather Comes From One Type of Bull. Specifically, all leather used in Bentley vehicles comes from Northern European bulls. These bulls are chosen for the cars because they live in a climate that minimizes the number of parasites and blemishes on their skin.
Number 3: It Gets Some Bizarre Customer Requests. In fact, one customer even requested to match their car’s upholstery to their nail polish. Another customer requested to match a car’s paint to their food processor.
Number 4: The U.K.’s Largest Solar Panel Installation. The roof of the factory has a solar panel installation that includes 20,000 panels laid out over 3.45 hectares. The installation generates enough energy to provide power for 1,200 houses for over a year.
Number 5: Its First Racing Victory Was Not at Le Mans. Though Bentley is most recognized for its six racing victories at Le Mans, in reality, its first victory did not take place there. The company’s first racing victory was in 1921 at Surrey’s Brooklands.
Number 6: Bentley Is Nearly Ubiquitous. There are 193 different Bentley sales sites all over the world and the company operates in an impressive 58 countries.
Number 7: Bentley’s Mission Statement Hasn’t Changed Since 1919. The company was founded in 1919 and has had the same mission statement since the beginning. That mission is “To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.”
Number 8: Bentley’s Iconic Matrix Grill Has Roots in Racing. The company’s history is rich in interesting details, and its iconic grill featured on many of its vehicles is no exception. The matrix grill comes from the era of 1920s racing – it was then that the grill was used as a mesh stone guard.
Number 9: It Was the First Non-French Vehicle to Compete in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It’s true! the company competed in the iconic race in 1923.
Number 10: The Company Has a Charitable History. For the past decade, the company has donated 500,000 pounds to charities. It donates to both local and global charities and causes.
Number 11: It’s Had an On-Site Styling Studio Since 1951. A testament to the fact that it deserves the status it holds today, the company has had an on-site styling studio since 1951.
Number 12: The company’s Factory Is Accessible to the Public. Interested people can actually take a tour of where Bentleys are made. Their factory located in Crewe, Cheshire, England encompasses all aspects of production. The design, engineering, manufacturing, quality, and marketing all take place there.
Number 13: Its Wood Shop Employees Need Four Years to Be Considered ‘Masters’. Before they can call themselves “masters” of Bentley’s Wood Shop, employees need to spend four years in the shop. There are 17 processes to be perfected before an employee can call himself a master.
Number 14: Building a Mulsanne Requires 399 Hours. From start to finish, nearly 400 hours are required to construct Bentley’s iconic Mulsanne. In contrast, 104 hours are required to construct a Continental GT.
Number 15: Every Single Car Is Thoroughly Inspected Before Being Put on the Market. And we really mean thoroughly. Every vehicle made on Bentley’s premises must pass a thorough checklist of up to 650 points before being put on the market.