It isn’t very often that we get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes, when it comes to styling cars, especially ultra exclusive vehicles like the Bentley range.
Now, thanks to an exhibit entitled “An Unbroken Line,” unveiled at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom, now we do.
The exhibit follows the creation of Bentley’s latest offerings, including the Continental GT and Mulsanne, from styling sketches to full blown reality, including computer design renderings and full-size, highly complex clay models. The exhibit also touches on engineering aspects, including how aluminum superforming (a technique commonly used in the aerospace industry), is used to shape the final contours of the actual car.
In addition, there’s also an element of heritage in the exhibit, drawing from 90 years of design and creativity, looking at how signature ‘Bentley’ traits, such as sweeping curves on the flanks of the car; the infamous ‘Teddy Bear Ears’ and inverted needles on instruments, came into being and why many are still used to this very day.
“What I particularly like about the exhibition is the sheer number and variety of interesting objects we’ve been able to bring together for the very first time, it is quite a collection,” mentioned Dick Van Braeckel, Bentley’s Director of Design and Styling, during a recent statement about the exhibit.
“It is also fascinating to see just how talented the early Bentley designers really were – the beauty of their concept sketches and sheer precision of their technical drawings still inspires my own team to this day.”
The exhibit will run throughout 2011 and although not open to the general public, enthusiast group tours on certain Fridays can be arranged in advance. For more information, click on the link below.