Bentley continues celebrating the centenary of a legend that changed the history of Granturismo and sportsmanship .

The two Bentley souls, past and future, on display at the 2019 Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Padua from 24th to 27th October with two vehicles that best represent the passion, sportsmanship and longevity of the Crewe-based brand, which, while still bound to its origins, constantly aims at renewal. The presence of Bentley is not exclusively linked to its centenary but also to celebrating a brand that truly incarnates the artisan elegance of the automobile industry. At the Bentley stand in Padua, visitors will be able to admire one of the most representative cars, the 1956 Bentley S1 Sport Saloon in the typical Verdant Green of Bentley racing cars, a vehicle that won races in the Twenties.

The original, Porpoise-grey leather interiors have only been partially treated. For over 50 years, the car belonged to a single family who handed it down from generation to generation, starting from the first owner, an ex-official with the RAF, a World War II veteran who bought the car as a gift to mark his discharge at the end of the ‘50s. The engine is a six-cylinder, 4887cc with a capacity of 153cv. It was the last engine deriving from those that were fitted onto the Rolls Royce Twenty from 1922 to 1929. The car reached an impressive maximum speed in those days of over 166k/h with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 14.8 seconds. The particularity of this model is its being the “great-grandmother” of the Bentley Flying Spur, a new version of which is to be presented in the coming weeks.
Alongside this so historic and prestigious “Old Lady”, visitors will also be able to admire the soft and curvy lines of the new Continental GTC, a perfect example of the style and harmony so typically found in the flying B’s car design. Introduced onto the market a few months ago at the Bentley headquarters, represented in Italy by the Fassina Group, the GTC immediately won over the Italian public. Bentley’s centenary year has been particularly productive. The new and third generation of the Flying Spur, which will actually only keep the name, is also soon to be launched.
In fact, the new Flying Spur unites the dynamic features of a sporty sedan with the elegance and sophistication of the most modern interpretation of a limousine. Cutting-edge technology, latest generation driving connectivity, thanks to the four-wheel drive system, are just some of the characteristics of an absolutely exceptional car. Moreover, a Hybrid Plug-In version of the Bentayga, the SUV that most represents the global Luxury segment, will also be available soon. This will be the first model introduced by Bentley which, in 2023, will have all its range covered by Hybrid versions. Versatile, elegant, exclusive and not only, the Bentayga Hybrid boasts CO² emissions of just 79g/Km and can drive for 39 kilometres using electrical power alone. The power unit combines an electric engine with a petrol-fuelled endothermic, V6, 3-litre, fluid effective engine, 700 Nm maximum torque, a speed that aims at 254 km / h and goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds. The union between the traditional ability and extraordinary craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation on one side, and the engineering expertise and most innovative technologies on the other, are the exclusive characteristics of this historical and premium UK brand which, also due to unmistakable design, attracts a large number of admirers and customers. It is no coincidence, then, that this model has been chosen for the Padua exhibition as a link between a glorious past featuring a century of tradition and quality and a just as avant-garde present. Designed, developed and refined with extreme care, combined with the most evolved technologies in Great Britain, the third generation of the Bentley Continental GT Convertible pays great attention to detail and high performance.


Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Padua
24-27 october
Via N. Tommaseo,59 – 35131 Padova PD