FIVE THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT BENTLEY23 Apr 2016
It’s one of the most well known names in luxury car manufacturing anywhere in the world, but how much do you really know about Bentley?
Whether you’re looking to find out as much as you can about our chauffeur driven Bentley Flying Spur or simply to quell your own curiosity, here’s five surprising things about Bentley that you probably never knew.
A Bentley Was Guest of Honour at Le Mans Celebration Dinner
Bentley’s success in the Le Mans 24 hour race is the stuff of legend, and is something we’ll no doubt revisit further on this article. But did you know that in 1927, the car -known among the crew as Old No. Seven- that won that year’s race for Bentley was invited to join them for dinner, taking pride of place as the winning team sat around it to devour an eleven course meal.
They hold the record for the longest period between Le Mans’ victories
In 2003, the Bentley brand was the first over the finish line at Le Mans. Before that, the last time the Bentley Motors team were successful in the 24 hour motor marathon was back in 1930, when Glen Kidston and the company’s future boss, Woolf Barnato took first place.
Incidentally, Bentley also placed second too thanks to the efforts of Frank Clement and Richard Watney.
Bentley was the original James Bond car
Everyone knows that James Bond drives an Aston Martin, right? Well sure, in the film versions he does, but in the original series of novels by Ian Fleming, 007’s car of choice was actually the Bentley.
In the early novels, he saved the world in a Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, which was eventually destroyed in Moonraker by Hugo Drax and replaced with a Mark II Continental.
You can furnish your home with a Bentley sofa
After conquering the motoring world, Bentley have set themselves a new challenge of bringing luxury to the furniture and homeware industry with their very own Bentley Home Collection. This includes sofas, coffee tables, leather-coated cabinets and even beds. As you might expect, kitting out your home in Bentley designs costs an awful lot more than your average trip to Ikea!
The Bentley Mulsanne takes over two months to build
In fact, it takes a total of nine weeks to get the Mulsanne ready for the road, with 30 hours being ploughed into developing the engine alone.
Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long to get our chauffeur driven Bentley ready for hire. In fact, our Bentley Flying Spur is available right now for corporate engagements, personal appointments and VIP experiences, and can be booked online or by calling 020 7792 1191