• Jan 15th 2008 at 11:28AM
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click above to view more images of Bentley's artisans at work

We love Bentleys because of their exquisite sheetmetal and meticulously crafted interiors, but few understand the incredible amount of work it takes to make a Bentley a world class GT. We were able to spend a few minutes with a couple of Bentley artisans at the Detroit Auto Show, and they explained how the storied automaker creates some of its impressive interior components. Needless to say, we were amazed with what we saw. It takes over three hours just to create one steering wheel, for instance, and the wood interior finishes come straight from our own forests in the USA. You can watch videos of both a steering wheel and some wood veneer being painstakingly crafted after the jump and view some of their handiwork in the gallery below.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      i really enjoyed this. one of the best things I've seen from the auto show coverage. i was at the LA auto show and Bentley didn't have anything like this.

      i love watching people do difficult things well. that's why I liked American Chopper in the early shows, because they showed people actually making stuff. now they just yell at each other.

      i guess i can always check out horsepower TV and see how to lift a truck or put new headers on my 68 camaro. if i were into that. which i'm not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats forking impressive! Shame those footballers (soccer players for the US viewers) couldn't care less...
      • 7 Years Ago
      i remember when i put one of those stiched leather steering wheel covers on my truck. WHAT A PAIN IN THE ASS! I have nothing but the absolute and utmost respect for a person who does that for a living. My fingers were bleeding, they ached and it took damn near forever.

      ... though i must admit i think i did a pretty good job for my first time out.