The 1929 Bentley 4½-litre supercharged Bentley Blower is an icon of British motorsport, thanks to its success at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Now, a collaboration between Bentley and The Little Car Company has resulted in the creation of an 85-percent scale replica of the original.
Unlike previous vehicles from The Little Car Company, the appropriately named ‘Blower Jnr’ will be road legal in the UK, EU, and the USA.
Swapping supercharging for battery charging
An imitation ‘supercharger’ acts as the charging port, with the Blower Jnr’s batteries allowing a 60-mile range when fully charged.
The construction is a mixture of modern and traditional, with carbon fibre matched with impregnated fabric. Leaf springs and scale-down friction dampers replicate the original car’s suspension, but modern Brembo brakes are fitted.
British racing green reborn
Owing to the Blower Jnr’s 3.7-metre length, two adults can sit inside, with room for luggage behind them. Engine-turned aluminium has been used for the dashboard, just like the full-size car, with period-style magneto switches.
A dual-function display is used for both the Garmin satellite navigation system, and the reversing camera.
The first 99 examples of the Blower Jnr will be First Edition models, finished in classic Blower Green with a colour-coded chassis and wheels. A Union flag is painted on the side, with the seats upholstered in Dark Green Lustrana leather. Even the steering wheel is rope-bound, like the original Blower.
A Monterey Car Week debut
As for how much, the initial 99 First Edition examples of the Blower Jnr will cost £108,000 in the UK.
That may seem a lot for such a small car, but it is far cheaper than the £1.8 million charged by Bentley for one of the full-size Blower Continuation cars.
Following a public debut at Monterey Car Week, with the car on show at multiple events, production of the Blower Jnr is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2024.
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