After 40,000 hours of work, Bentley Mulliner has completed the first new Bentley Blower in 90 years.
The Bentley Blower Continuation Series will be limited to just 12 cars, all of which have been pre-sold. The cars will be crafted from the original drawings and tooling jigs used for the four Blowers built and raced by Sir. Henry “Tim” Birkin in the late 1920s.
Bentley’s own Team Car also provided the master model for the Continuation Series, with every single component laser-scanned as part of a wheels-up, sympathetic restoration.
From this data, 1,846 individual parts were designed and hand-crafted to create the new Bentley Blower.
Of the figure, 230 of those parts are actually assemblies (one of which is the engine). That takes the total part count to several thousand when fixings and interior trimmings are included.
Each of these parts and assemblies were created by a project team of Bentley Mulliner engineers, craftspeople and technicians working together with British specialists and suppliers.
This first Bentley Blower features gloss black bodywork paired with Oxblood red Bridge of Weir leather and matching trim. Its seats are stuffed with a total of 10kg of natural horsehair, as per the originals.
With the build of the first car now complete, a programme of real-world durability testing will begin. Sessions of gradually increasing duration and speed will check functionality and robustness under ever harder conditions.
The test programme is designed to achieve the equivalent of 35,000km of real-world driving across 8,000km of track driving.
The testing will also see a particularly brave driver taking the Bentley Blower to its top speed – Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark.
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