Currently reading: Bentley Blower Continuation is pre-war racer reborn
British company will build 12 replicas of its famous 1929 supercharged endurance racer
James Attwood, digital editor
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8 September 2019

Bentley has unveiled a new version of its famous 1929 4.5-litre supercharged Blower, which it claims will be the first-ever continuation run of a pre-war race car.

Just four examples of the Blower were built by Sir Tim Birkin in the 1920s, all of which were used in endurance events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. All four machines survive and are now the most valuable Bentleys in existence.

12 Blower Continuation Series models are to be built – one for each race that the original four chassis competed in – and will be identical to the originals bare minor updates for safety. They will retain a pressed steel frame, leaf spring suspension and 400mm mechanical drum brakes, along with the original car’s supercharged four-cylinder 16-valve 4398cc engine, which makes 240bhp.

To make them, Bentley’s Mulliner division will disassemble its own Blower – chassis HB 3403 – to individual parts, before cataloguing and scanning each to crease a digital model.

Bentley’s engineers will then use 1920s moulds and tooling jigs to create 12 sets of parts based on that model, which will then be assembled into complete cars. The original Bentley, which continues to be used regularly in display events, will then be restored and rebuilt.

Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark said: “We know there's demand for genuine recreations that can be used, enjoyed and loved without risk to the prized originals.”

He added that the new Blowers would “not only be an homage to our heritage, they will [also] be a celebration of the outstanding skills of our Mulliner craftspeople.”

The project follows the recent Continental GT Number 9 Edition, a limited-run of Bentley’s new grand tourer featuring design nods to the Blowers.

Bentley says it will take around two years to complete the 12-car series. Prices haven't been announced.

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bomb 9 September 2019

Slightly incongruous of

Slightly incongruous of Bentley to fit the privateer effort of Sir Tim Birkin into now being 'our' heritage. WO Bentley never sanctioned these so they were created independently.

eseaton 9 September 2019

My only gripe with

My only gripe with continuation models is if they are not road legal.

Otherwise, the potential is boundless.

No current Lamborghini does it for me, but a continuation LP400...

mesumguy 8 September 2019

Road legality will not be an issue for buyers

Certainly they will own property large enough to enjoy or seek exemptions due to the rarity of the vehicle. Tuning the engine to pass environmental protection laws is the easiest bit, crash structure is not possible without essentially changing the car.  A million dollars is extremely conservative estimate of the cost. Even at five million per copy Bentley would hardly be making a profit. Thankfully VW was able to not only keep the brand alive, but greatly expand the customer base. 

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