Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Bentley Blower rides again! Image by Bentley UK.

Bentley Blower rides again!
Bentleyís Mulliner division to rebuild 12 Continuation versions of the 1929 4.5-litre Birkin Blower.
<< earlier Bentley article     later Bentley article >>


News homepage -> Bentley news

Bentley is going to revive the legendary 'Blower' of 1929, driven by Sir Tim Birkin, for a 12-off run of Continuation cars. Birkin, one of antiquity's Bentley Boys, had four 4.5-litre Blowers built in the 1920s, which competed in three European races - perhaps most famously at Le Mans, paving the way for Bentley's factory victory in 1930 with the Speed Six. So, four times three equals 12, hence why Bentley has chosen this number for the new project. Mulliner, its coachbuilding and bespokery department, will carry out the hand-building work in a two-year process, and to get the blueprints right Bentley has made a daring decision: it's going to dismantle its own example of an original Blower. Yes, there were only ever four in existence and Bentley has chassis number 3403, which is still regularly used - it has been to California, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Mille Miglia this year. However, Mulliner will carefully disassemble No.3403 and then 3D-scan and catalogue every part, to build up a digital model of the componentry. Once it has those, 12 sets of parts will be created using the original 1920s moulds and tooling jigs, and then Mulliner will start building the 12 Continuations... as well as putting 3403 back together and restoring it in the process. Bentley says the Continuations will be 'mechanically, aesthetically and spiritually identical' to the originals, with only a few hidden changes to meet modern-day safety regs. For fans of the Blower, each continuation car will have the correct 4,398cc four-cylinder, 16-valve engine with an exact-replica Amherst Villiers MkIV Roots-type blower, leading to roughly 245hp at 4,200rpm. The body will be a pressed steel frame, with half-elliptic leaf-spring suspension and copies of Bentley & Draper dampers. Bentley-Perrot 17.75-inch mechanical drum brakes will be recreated, while the steering is a worm-and-sector set-up. The price for each of these Continuation Blowers? Well, it's 'on application', which means you probably can't afford it...

Matt Robinson - 9 Sep 2019

2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.

2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.2019 Bentley Blower Continuation. Image by Bentley UK.      - Bentley road tests
- Bentley news
- Blower images

'Blower' Bentley returns to racing. Image by Bentley.
Bentley Blower Continuation Series
The Blower Continuation Series has been created specially for the reborn 1929 Bentley
Bentley unveils one-off car to celebrate R-Type Continentalís 70th. Image by Bentley.
2023 Bentley Continental GT Azure R-Type 70th Anniversary
Bentley has revealed a one-off Continental that celebrates a very special Contiís 70th birthday.
Bentley celebrates 2020 Bathurst win with pair of specially commissioned one-off Continentals. Image by Bentley.
2023 Bentley Continental GT S Bathurst Editions
Mulliner and Bentley Sydney have teamed up to create two special Bentley Continentals that celebrate the brandís 2020 Bathurst 12 Hours GT3 win.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition
 FAB Design

 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo
 Nichols Cars

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 The Little Car Company
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2024 ©