We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Bentley, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the luxury automobile company that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: 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 Seven: 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. That’s 65 years of on-site styling!
Number Six: The Vehicles’ 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 Five: 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 Four: 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 Three: 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 Two: 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 One: Bentley Is Nearly Ubiquitous
There are 193 different Bentley sales sites all over the world and the company operates in an impressive 58 countries. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Bentley!