The history of the iconic Bentley Continental as never told before. The discovery of new material previously unseen, has allowed to bring to the light new details of the fascinating history of the Bentley Continental. From the first thoughts in 1936, to the build of the ‘Embiricos Bentley’, the Corniche, the Cresta, and the launch of the Continental in 1952, the genesis of the iconic Bentley is narrated in the detail, supported by a number of period photographs, drawings and archive material.

The book describes the efforts made by all the personalities involved in the project: from the Director Arthur Robotham to Walter Sleator of Franco-Britannic Autos of Paris, from Jean Daninos of Facel-Métallion to the Chief Project Engineer Ivan Evernden.  

‘Bentley Continental The Genesis’ covers the technical aspects and how the Bentley Continental was built. Also, former Rolls-Royce and Bentley Chief Stylist Graham Hull has analysed the style aspects of the Bentley Continental and its predecessors. 

The impact of the Bentley Continental in the automotive panorama when introduced in 1952 is told through the autobiographies of some famous first owners. ‘Bentley Continental The Genesis’ is complimentary of my previous opus ‘Continental Journeys’ published in 2017 and do not substitute it.   


Shortlisted for the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards 2022




The features of the book include: 


Standard edition 

Price € 210.00


  • 204 + 7 inserts for a total of 236 pages
  • 266 pictures, many of them previously unreleased  
  • Copies of 7 period drawings included to the book
  • A dedicated chapter about the ‘Embiricos Bentley’ B27LE
  • A dedicated chapter about the Bentley ‘Corniche’
  • A dedicated chapter about the Bentley ‘Cresta’
  • A dedicated chapter about the Bentley ‘Corniche II’, alias the Continental
  • A technical chapter, explaining how the Bentley ‘Continental’ was built, including the history of the main components suppliers 
  • A chapter dedicated to the style analysis of the Continental and its predecessors, prepared by the former Rolls-Royce and Bentley Chief Stylist Graham Hull
  • A chapter with 13 biographies of first famous owners with actual photographs glued by hand like a family album
  • A chapter about the connection between Abbott and the Bentley Continental
  • A chapter about the Bentley ‘Blizzard’ 
  • Dimensions 300 x 207 mm 
  • ISBN: 9788894456721


Deluxe edition

Price € 600.00


  • The book in standard edition
  • 6 full-size Blueprint technical drawings
  • A full-size reproduction of the Georges Paulin drawing of the Embiricos Bentley 
  • Ivan Evernden’s 70-page secret report titled ‘Motor Car Air Resistance and Directional Stability’ 
  • Ivan Evernden’s 23-page confidential report titled ‘Corniche II. A New Record Breaking Saloon Sports Car’
  • A box set containing all the stuff, measuring 360 x 275 mm


A signed copy by the Author of this book may be obtained direct from the Publisher contacting the email address


Cost for p&p for delivery by DHL express courier (in 24/48h) are as follows:


Europe €. 30.00

Great Britain and USA €. 35.00

Rest of the world €. 50.00