Coventry-based firm Blizzard is launching a two-seater sports car based on a Bentley model that was designed in 1950, but never made.
Detailed in a brochure published by then-chief projects engineer, Ivan Evernden, the Bentley Blizzard, after which the new company is named, was envisioned as a lightweight convertible to rival the Jaguar XK120, at the time the fastest production road car in the world.
The only physical evidence of the model’s conception are two preliminary sketches by designer Cecily Jenner, showing a long and low two-seater with Bentley’s trademark chrome grille and round headlamps.
It was to be built on a modified version of the Bentley MkVIII’s chassis, but plans for the sports car’s production were halted by company management, who saw a more viable future in luxury saloons such as the original Continental.
Despite the lack of detailed plans and technical data, Coventry-based Blizzard Motor Cars is building 15 examples of the forgotten sports car to meet modern safety regulations and stringent concours standards. Bentley is aware of the project.
The company was founded in 2015 by Stephen Pearson and son Christopher, of race engine manufacturer Chesman Motorsport, and Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist Jeremy Padgett.
On display at the 2019 London Concours, the reimagined Blizzard features handcrafted aluminium body panels, coach-style doors, a prominent chrome radiator surround and removable rear fender skirts.