Crewe, ENGLAND — One of the most iconic cars from Bentley’s history — Sir Tim Birkin’s 1929 supercharged 4 ?-litre “Blower” — will be reborn with a new build of 12 matching cars, each individually handcrafted by a team of specialists from Bentley’s bespoking and coachwork division, Mulliner. Together the group will form the world’s first pre-war race car continuation series.
Only four original “Team Blowers” were built for racing by Birkin in the late 1920s. All were campaigned on the racetracks of Europe, with the most famous car – Birkin’s own Team Car No. 2 – racing at Le Mans and playing a pivotal role in the factory Bentley Speed Six victory in 1930.
Using a combination of generations of handcraftsmanship and the latest digital technology, the 1929 Team Blower will be the master example for the 12 continuation cars — one for each race in which the original fleet of four Team Blowers competed.
Bentley’s own Team Blower (chassis number HB 3403) will be disassembled to its individual components, then each part catalogued and scanned in 3D to create a complete digital model of the entire car. Using the original 1920s molds and tooling jigs, 12 sets of parts will be created for Bentley’s skilled heritage technicians to assemble into new Blowers.
Each of the new Continuation Series cars will feature four-cylinder, 16-valve engines with an aluminum crankcase with cast iron cylinder liners and non-detachable cast-iron cylinder head.
It will take Mulliner approximately two years to complete the 12-car series. The company notes that prices are available “on application.”