Though Bentley was founded in 1919, the now elite British brand wouldn’t appear on the radar of the mainstream automotive community until approximately a decade after its inception with the debut of the Crewe-based company’s legendary Bentley Blower—a race-spec vehicle based on the firm’s Bentley 4½ Litre. Because the Blower played such a pivotal role in the marque’s history, Bentley announced in late 2019 that it would be producing a dozen, painstakingly authentic recreations of the watershed race car, and now, after more than 40,000 hours of expert labor, the first of the 12 prototypes have been unveiled.
To preserve the authenticity of the original Blower, Bentley Mulliner has utilized Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin’s 1929 supercharged racer’s original, pre-depression-era molds, along with 3D-scanning and a few other modern techniques. Good for speeds of nearly 140mph, the Blower’s supercharged, 4.4L SOHC, 16V inline-four and the rest of its mechanical setuphas also been brought to life—a feat made possible by the Mulliner team churning out more than 2,000 individually designed and hand-crafted parts. The interior has also been perfectly replicated, with every single element being authentic and period-correct. Though all 12 examples are already spoken for, more information can be had on Bentley’s website linked below.