Bentley’s most revered heritage car is to be recreated, in a world first continuation of Sir Tim Birkins’s famous 4 ½ litre Team Blower pre-war race car. The new Bentley Blower, each being identical to the original quartet of the 1929 supercharged Team Blower, will be built in commemorate 100 years of Bentley excellence.
A 12 strong collection of the iconic Team Blowers will be reborn – one for every race the original Team Blowers entered. Each will be individually handcrafted by a team of specialists from Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoking and coachwork division.
The Bentley Blower Continuation Series was announced at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance by Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark.
“As we continue to commemorate 100 years of Bentley, we are combining a look to our past with the very latest digital technologies and techniques to create something truly extraordinary. The four Team Blowers are the most valuable Bentleys in the world, and we know there is demand for genuine recreations that can be used, enjoyed and loved without risk to the prized originals,” Hallmark comments.
“The twelve new Blowers will not only be an homage to our heritage, they will be a celebration of the outstanding skills of our Mulliner craftspeople. This is a new challenge for Bentley, but with the incredible success of the recent restoration of our 1939 one-of-one Corniche, we wanted to go one step further and make something even more special. Twelve lucky customers will soon be able to own a unique tribute to Bentley’s history.”
One of Birkin’s original Blowers, still doing daily hill runs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will be disassembled to its individual components, before each part is catalogued and scanned in 3D to create a complete digital model of the entire car. Using the original 1920’s moulds and tooling jigs , and an array of traditional hand tools alongside the latest manufacturing technology, 12 sets of parts will then be created, before Bentley’s skilled heritage technicians assemble the new Blowers.
It will take Mulliner’s approximately two years of meticulous work to complete the 12-car series. All 12 of the continuation series have sold for an undisclosed sum.