Celebrating 25 Years

by Rau June 6, 2017

William Rau continues to create the finest custom steering wheels.

Learn about Rolls-Royce and Bentley Picnic Tables (video)

by Rau February 4, 2013

The picnic tables found in Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles from the late 1950s and 1960s are beautiful, and have unique obstacles for refinishers…

Bentley GT V8 Steering Wheel

by Rau January 29, 2013

Happy New Year! The start of the New Year brought us a new steering wheel to build. It was a wheel from the exciting new 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8…

Damaged Wood

by Rau November 1, 2012

One day in October, we received three damaged trim pieces from three different dealerships from across the country…

Bentley Gallery

by Rau October 15, 2012

The very first steering wheel William Rau made was for a Bentley Continental R in 1993…

Custom Bentley Mulsanne Steering Wheel (video)

by Rau September 21, 2012

The Bentley Mulsanne is quickly becoming a very popular model for the famous car marque. Soon one smart driver will be driving with a custom piano black steering wheel. ..

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Wood (video)

by Rau July 30, 2012

When buying a used car, even a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, there are things most buyers know to look for. Maybe they’ll kick the tires, maybe they’ll check the fluids, and maybe they’ll check the upholstery for damage, but few know what to look for when looking at used wood trim. Hopefully this video series can give you a little bit of advice on what to keep an eye out for when shopping for your next used Bentley or Rolls-Royce automobile…

Wood Repairs for Luxury Automobiles

by Rau April 17, 2012

For nearly 15 years Rau Restoration has offered Bentley and Rolls-Royce Dealers the finest wood service in North America, featuring seamless repair, and expedited turnaround for parts under warranty…

Veneers used by Bentley and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (video)

by Rau April 17, 2012

Some people would like to see what the wood veneers look like before they’re turned into beautiful steering wheels and accessories…

Bookmatching Veneer for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Wood Trim (video)

by Rau April 16, 2012

You shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but what about a bookmatch? We often mention bookmatching and bookmatches, but some people may not be sure what we’re talking about…

Bentley Borrows from the Art Deco Era for a Limited Edition GT Speed Model and William Rau makes a Custom Steering Wheel to Seal the Deal

by Rau September 5, 2010

The darling of Art Deco designers, amboyna is a marvelously luxurious burl from the tree that is commonly known as padauk. It is a rare, exotic hardwood that grows in Southeast Asia and varies in color from yellow to golden brown to red and demands a price as high as $500 / bd ft. It […]

Bentley Black Pearl Steering Wheel

by Rau February 18, 2010

Custom Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed Steering Wheel in Olive Ash Wood – for Qatar

by Rau August 3, 2009

Qatar may be an oil and gas rich nation but where will its sporting Bentley customers go for a sophisticated woodwork service? Los Angeles, California! Our story begins in Doha at the desk of Mr. Khanfer, whose business specializes in meeting the wishes of the area’s wealthy clientele. His client had purchased a Bentley Flying […]

Bentley Custom Wood Shift Knob

by Rau March 9, 2009

1st Bentley Continental GT Speed Wood Steering Wheel in the World

by Rau September 14, 2008

In late summer 2008 Rau Automotive Woodwork had a special request from a So Cal Bentley dealer – provide a GT Speed custom wood steering wheel for a client’s Bentley Flying Spur. The GT Speed was introduced in 2007 as a high performance Bentley GT. One of many new GT Speed features was the 3-spoke […]