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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 will make 12 new versions of its famous 1929 4.5-litre supercharged Blower, in what it claims to 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.

The 12 Blower Continuation Series models – one for each race that the original four chassis competed in – 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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8 September 2019

I wonder how many modifications to the original are needed in order to make this car road legal.


8 September 2019

I think Bentley have a bloody cheek really......W.O never approved of the use of a Supercharger on his cars!

Another unashamed OEM history profiteering excercise.....somebody said they wouldnt make a profit if they charged £5 million a piece..... I think that is inaccurate....look at the Peterson  copies for example....even with greater accuracy someone like Jim Stokes could build a toolroom copy of pretty much anything for a million!

8 September 2019

After various other companies doing continuation series cars what does Bentley say?


Hold my beer...



8 September 2019

I look forward to Richard Hammond trashing one of these on #Amazonshitcarshow  

8 September 2019

A Bentley Blower - the Brexit Edition, to commorate the good ol' days before the UK joined the EU, and Bentley was decades away from becoming German ;-)

8 September 2019

 Nothing wrong with this, I’m sure they’ll be over subscribed for them, even if they cost a Million each they will be bought, a solid investment, and, what would you pay for your Hobby...if you could?

8 September 2019

Indeed, inasmuch as such a thing is prevelant in modern days notwithstanding a deal or no deal brexit with Noel Edmonds

8 September 2019
Only 12?? What bollocks!

8 September 2019

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. 

9 September 2019
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...


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