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Wheeler Dealers host Mike Brewer admits his dream car is the classic 1929 Bentley Blower


The historic model is one of the oldest race cars still in existence and powered Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin to victory in the 1929 Le Mans 24 Hours. The model is a cult hero among classic car fans and is one of the rarest models on the market.

The original car hit the hammer at a historic auction in 2012 where it was sold for an eye-watering £5million by Bonhams.

Between 2019 and 2020 Bentley scanned all 630 components of the Blower to create a series of brand new models.

A complete CAD model was produced with specialists recruited to put all the pieces together.

The new blowers are the first to roll off the company’s production line in over 90 years and took over 40,000 hours to build.

“The very latest digital design techniques came together with genuine artisanal hand-crafted artistry – often using manufacturing methods true to the 1920s.

“It’s only through this fusion of old and new that we could craft these cars, with the skills of our engineers mirrored in those of our specialist suppliers.

“We’ve issued thousands of drawings and specifications for components, and watching them arrive into Mulliner and then seeing the car take shape has been hugely rewarding.”

The original Bentley Blower still appears around the classic car scene at motor shows and special events. 


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