The first of the 12 pre-war continuation series Blowers, known as ‘Blower Car One’ is now complete and the recreation of Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin’s 1929 supercharged 4½-Litre looks pretty impressive…
While there are many who believe the ‘Blower’ should never be reimagined, there’s little doubt that the first Blower Continuation Series car is a shining example of classic design, executed to perfection.
The body is trimmed in period-correct Rexine and finished in that instantly recognisable bespoke Birkin Green paint, a recreation of the colour of the original Blower on which it’s based – Team Car No.2, registration UU 5872.
Built, owned and raced by Sir Tim Birkin, the car is still owned by Bentley Motors and is run weekly. Car One is therefore the most fitting start to the Continuation Series that could be imagined.
The Birkin Green body is complemented by identically coloured wire wheels, with colour-matched leather trimming the interior. The foldable roof is in black.
Identical in almost every millimetre perfect detail to Birkin’s original, ‘Blower Car One’ does have two safety-critical features integrated – modern electric fuel pumps and a foam baffle to the fuel tank.
The next three of the 12 in the continuation series are now under construction at Bentley Mulliner’s dedicated workshop in Crewe. All 12 are sold.
A dynator, a reworked alternative to the original dynamo has also been added, offering a more powerful and reliable charging system whilst retaining the look of the original dynamo.
The engine is a brand new example of W.O. Bentley’s own 4½-litre design, featuring aluminium pistons, an overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and twin spark plugs.
Attached to the front is the iconic supercharger that gives the Blower its name, and is an exact recreation of that created in the 1920s by renowned engineer, Amherst Villiers. Power has been measured as part of engine sign-off, with the near-100-year old design reliably making 240 bhp.
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