Bentley’s finest: 1929 ‘Blower’ for sale at auction

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Relive the hedonistic days of the socialite “Bentley Boys” of the Twenties with this replica of the cars that helped establish Bentley as a major producer of luxury sports cars by winning the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1928 and 1929.

Bentley first won Le Mans in 1924 – and then triumphed again every year between 1927 and 1930.

This example of the famed “Blower” Bentley, so called because of the distinctive Roots-type supercharger mounted in front of the imposing grille, is being sold at auction on November 25 and is estimated to sell for £750,000 to £875,000.

The road-going “Blower” was first shown at the Motor Exhibition at Olympia, London, in October 1929. It had been developed as a private venture by “Bentley Boy” Sir Henry Birkin to extract greater performance from the proven 4½-litre model, which was becoming outclassed by its rivals on the racetracks of Europe.

His aim was to produce a British car that would enable British drivers to continue to win races as spectacularly as the 4½-litre that had won the 1928 Le Mans 24 Hours.


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