Bentley resurrects pre-war blowerSeptember 9, 2019
The British company will build 12 copies of its famous racing car, which participated in endurance competitions in 1929.
Sir Tim Birkin built just four instances of the model in the 1920s, each of which was used in endurance competitions, including 24 hours of Le Mans. All four cars have survived and are now the most valuable Bentley of the existing.
The 12 models of the Blower Continuation series – one for each race in which the original 4 cars competed – will be identical to the original, with the exception of some changes made to improve safety. So, the resurrected specimens will receive a steel frame, spring suspension and 400 mm mechanical drum brakes, along with the original four-cylinder 16-valve engine 4398cc, issuing 240 hp power.
To make them, the Bentley Mulliner division will disassemble one of the unique Blowers – the HB 3403 chassis – into separate parts before cataloging and scanning each one for a digital model. Bentley engineers will then use the 1920s molds and tooling to create 12 sets of parts based on this model, which will then be assembled into finished cars. The original Bentley, which continues to be used regularly at trade shows, will then be restored.
The British brand manual notes that it will take about two years to assemble a series of 12 cars. The cost of the limited series has not yet been announced.
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