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Monday, 14 October 2019 13:18

On the Lighter Side: Ninety-Year-Old Bentley ‘Blower’ Will Be Sold Again in Limited Series

Written by Chris Bruce,
1929 Bentley Supercharged 4½-Litre Blower 1929 Bentley Supercharged 4½-Litre Blower

What's old is new again at Bentley because the brand is putting the 1929 4½-litre Blower back into production.

The company is making just 12 of them and is accepting applications from interested clients.


"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," Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark said in the continuation special's announcement.


The 4½-litre Blower featured a four-cylinder engine with a Roots-type supercharger that pushed the output to 240 horsepower for the racing version, instead of 130 hp without it. The firm made just 55 of them, including five specifically for racing.


To create the new cars, Bentley will use a mix of cutting-edge technology and old-school craftsmanship. The company will disassemble its own 4½-litre Blower and will 3D scan each piece. It'll also use some of the original molds, tooling jigs, and hand tools from the 1920s to manufacture the new components. The 12 buyers will need to be patient because Bentley will need an estimated two years to produce all of the cars.


Bentley is celebrating 100 years in business this year. In addition to these continuation specials, the brand debuted the Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition as a way to celebrate the milestone. The limited run of 100 vehicles included a piece of the 1929 No. 1 Bentley Blower's piston as part of the trim on the dashboard's rotating display. The company harvested the material while restoring the classic car.


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