New 1929 Bentley Blower continuation series launched

In-house coachbuilder Mulliner will produce 12 examples of the iconic Bentley Blower, built to the original car’s specification

Bentley has announced it will produce a continuation series of the iconic 1929 supercharged 4 ½-litre “Team Blower” racer. Production will be limited to just 12 units – one for each race the original cars entered – and each will have an identical specification to the Team Blower racers. Prices are available only on application.

To provide a template for the continuation series, Bentley will disassemble its own Team Blower 4 ½-litre and catalogue its parts, before 3D-scanning each component to create a digital model of the car. Twelve sets of parts will then be produced, using a combination of the original 1920s moulds and modern manufacturing technology.

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Like the original racers, each of the Team Blower continuations will be powered by a carbureted 4.4-litre four-cylinder 16-valve engine. It features an aluminium crankcase, cast-iron cylinder liners and a non-detachable cast-iron cylinder head. The supercharger will be an exact replica of the original car’s Roots-type unit. Power stands at a claimed 240bhp.

Bentley is taking pains to make each reproduction Blower as faithful to the original car as possible. Each of the 12 cars will be built on a pressed steel frame and fitted with leaf-spring suspension using reproduction versions of the original car’s dampers. The brakes will be replica’s of the original car’s 17.75-inch (40cm) mechanical drums, while the steering system will use the same antiquated worm and sector setup.

The original Blower Bentleys gained a reputation in the pre-war racing era as the fastest cars of their time. At the 1931 Brooklands endurance race Tim Birkin, one of the original Bentley Boys and the developer of the original Blower, posted a lap with an average speed of 137.9mph.

Bentley says it will take Mulliner two years to complete the 12-car production run. The Team Blower continuation series forms part of Bentley’s ongoing Centenary Celebration, which has already seen special edition versions of the Continental GT, Continental GT Convertible and Mulsanne, as well as an all-new version of the Flying Spur.

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