• Sep 1st 2011 at 7:58AM
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Every year, Bentley takes part on a fresh crop of student interns, and every year it participates in a charity fundraising event for The Prince's Trust. For 2011, the Bentley Graduates are putting on an auction of items crafted in Bentley's own workshop, and there are more than a few items we would welcome into our homes with open arms.

The selection includes such items as a chess set with machined-tooled aluminum pieces on a veneer board, a table made from a V8 engine block cribbed from a Mulsanne and a pair of lamps made from the cam shaft from a Continental. There's 20 items in all, and each will be displayed at dealerships around the world and at the upcoming Goodwood Revival before going up for auction online at bentleybespokeauction.com.

Check out the selection in the high-res image gallery and follow the jump for the full press release.
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Crewe, Tuesday 30th August 2011

Graduates from Bentley Motors are staging an auction of unique collector's items handcrafted in Crewe to raise money for The Prince's Trust.

Craftsmen and women from the Tooling, Woodshop and Styling teams at Bentley Motors have turned their creative energy into crafting a range of one-off collector's items that will be put to auction to raise funds for The Prince's Trust.

The items range from display pieces such as a chess-set with pieces tooled from aluminium set on a beautifully veneered board, to a table created from a polished V8 engine from the Bentley Mulsanne and a cutlery-set commissioned by Robert Welch and engraved with the Bentley emblem.

Around twenty different pieces have been commissioned. All of them, apart from the Robert Welch cutlery set, have been designed and created on-site at the Bentley factory in Crewe, showcasing the outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail that typifies Bentley Motors.

Michael Straughan, Bentley's Member of the Board for Manufacturing said:

"The design brief for the auction was to create a unique and desirable item based upon the core materials, parts and processes that are used to build cars such as the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

The results are exquisite and the auction is a rare opportunity for Bentley lovers to own a one-off handcrafted piece of Bentley memorabilia."

The auction will be hosted online at www.bentleybespokeauction.com with bidding opening on 1st September.

The items will also be exhibited at Bentley dealerships later in the year, as well as at the Goodwood Revival Festival on 16-18 September. Guests at these events will be able to view the items, learn about their creation, talk to the Bentley graduates behind this project and, of course, place bids.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So if you own a Bentle, and even 1 of these items in your house, you would be a tool. But kidding aside, to win any of these unique items, you're going to have to bid pretty high.
      K White
      • 4 Years Ago
      My dad would like the chess set, but good luck convincing my mom that the V8 engine table goes with the rest of our funiture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have always liked the idea of using an engine block as a coffee table, but I find it funny that Bentley of all companies is doing this... for some reason, I just don't see the typical Bentley owner as the type that would want such a thing in his multi-million dollar mansion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always wanted to make a pool table light out of the block of a straight six. It would house 6 low wattage can lights and hang from chain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's one of the better ideas I've heard in a long time. You'd need some serious hardware to hang that thing though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be one heavy ass light fixture. Would be cool if you could program the lights to turn on and off in the same sequence as the timing-order of the engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I almost purchased a V12 lambo motor block. I was going to to the table thing also. Its was not damaged from the outside but number 5 cylinder had been stretched by a bad person over revving the motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
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