The Blower Series Delivers an Authentic, Pre-War Driving Experience
This remarkable Bentley Blower Continuation Series—one of only 12 Bentley Blowers hand-built to 1929 specifications by Mulliner of Bentley—is more than a fast, powerful, and proven racing machine. Our 1929 Blower is a marvel of modern engineering.
Mulliner’s production of these rare and powerful Blowers began with the dismantling of the priceless 1929 Bentley Team Blower No. 2—UU 5872—which was the second of four racing cars created by Bentley Boy Tim Birkin at his workshops in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
Each component from UU 5872 was laser scanned, allowing Mulliner to create a complete digital blueprint for a prototype—known as Blower Car Zero—that would undergo extensive testing and lead to the production of the 12 commissioned Blowers.
The JBS Collection’s 1929 Bentley Blower Series arrived in 2023 and debuted at the 2023 Le Mans Classic, in Le Mans, France. In front of a record sellout crowd of over 235,000 our Bentley delivered on the prestigious Circuit de la Sarthe.
Driven by the 2023 Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) Racing Driver of the Year, Stuart Morley of Stuart Morley Racing—a fourth-generation Morley driver that races vintage Bentleys—The JBS Collection’s Bentley came close to the Le Mans all-time lap record for a Blower before an intake pipe issue ended its day and Morley’s torrid pursuit of a thrilling, come-from-behind victory.
The Bentley that Almost Wasn’t
The Blower, hands down Bentley’s most celebrated pre-war racing machine, emerged in the late 1920s when racing speeds were increasing. The Blower was not a Bentley factory project. In fact, it was never supposed to exist at all. W.O. Bentley didn’t believe in forced induction; his answer to more speed was to increase engine capacity. But one of his drivers, and famed Bentley Boys—the one-time fighter pilot and aristocrat, Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin—was impressed by what he’d learned of supercharging.
Birkin went on his own and set up workshops in Welwyn Garden City, intending to create four-cylinder racing cars that would use a supercharger to produce more power than Bentley’s robust Speed Six. The endeavor cost Birkin most of his personal fortune, but he was able to procure financial backing from a wealthy heiress named Dorothy Paget and ultimately created four racing cars—the second of which was the historic Bentley Team Blower No. 2, UU 5872; the very car that inspired our own Blower.
Birkin eventually persuaded Woolf Barnato, Bentley’s chairman, to sanction the production of 55 Blowers, five of which would be outfitted for racing.
Reviving a Legend
Mulliner of Bentley, Bentley’s personal commissioning division, spared no expense and no detail in ensuring that the commissioned 1929 Bentley Blower Series editions would be nearly identical—both in form and function—to their historic predecessors.
All told, 40,000 hours of work went into completing Blower Car Zero, and—as it had been nearly 90 years since a new Bentley Blower had been built—the team at Mulliner designed and hand-crafted nearly 2,000 individual parts, using original 1920s moulds and tooling jigs, to produce the 12 commissioned Blowers. Our driver at Le Mans, Stuart Morley—an award-winning vintage Bentley driver for the legendary Stuart Morley Racing team—played a key role in the development of the Bentley Blower Series.
1929 Bentley Blower Series Specs:
- 4,398 cc 4-cylinder supercharged engine
- 240 hp at 4,200 rpm
- 1450 kg
- Four-speed manual, unsynchronized transmission, rear-wheel drive
- 0-60 mph in 12 seconds
- Listed top speed: 125 mph (but our Blower clocked 130+ at Le Mans)
- One of only 12 produced