Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car

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Lot 7
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car

Sold for € 9,200 (US$ 10,133) inc. premium
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
•Handmade scale model
•36-volt electric motor
•Automatic transmission and reverse gear
•Unique art object

First shown at the 1929 London Motor Show, the evocatively named 'Blower' Bentley was developed as a private venture by 'Bentley Boy' Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin in order to extract more 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-Hour race.

The supercharger installation was engineered by the brilliant Amherst Villiers, who modestly claimed that it was 'recognised in engineering circles as a definite landmark in automobile construction.' Unimpressed, W O Bentley never supported the development of the supercharged car and is quoted as saying how much he 'disliked the easy short cut provided by the supercharger,' preferring to increase engine capacity, as evidenced by the 6½-Litre and 8-Litre cars, while reducing front-end weight by using Elektron castings. However, 'W O' did not control the purse strings at Bentley Motors, and the influence of Birkin, backed by the fabulously wealthy Woolf Barnato, saw the supercharged 4½-Litre Bentley come to fruition. Its potential was emphatically demonstrated when Tim Birkin took 2nd place in the French Grand Prix at Pau with his supercharged 4½-Litre tourer amid a field of monoposto GP racers!

Only 50 production supercharged 4½-Litre Bentleys were built to support the homologation of five Birkin team cars; among the few cars of their day capable of 100mph on the open road, they have always been regarded as the supercars of their era.

A handmade scale model in alloy, with leather interior trim, this wonderful child's car is the result of over six months work by a German enthusiast passionate about the 'Blower' Bentleys. Spacious and able to accommodate taller children or even young adults, it is powered by a 36-volt electric motor and has an automatic gearbox complete with reserve gear. Other noteworthy features include chromed lights - in working order - and 12" wire wheels painted in the British Racing Green body colour.

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Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
Bentley 4½-Litre Blower' Child's Car
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