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11. Tim Birkin and his 4.5 litre Bentley


11. Bentley 4.5 litre_full

Here we see Tim Birkin changing the sparking-plugs of his Bentley during the race of Le Mans in 1928.

Tim Birkin, described as the greatest Briton of his time by W.O. Bentley, was one of the Bentley Boys. He refused to adhere strictly to Bentley’s assertion that increasing displacement is always preferable to forced induction. Birkin aided by a former Bentley mechanic, decided to produce a series of five supercharges models for the competition at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Mercedes Benz had been using superchargers on there SSK’s. Thus the Blower Bentley was born. Bentley Blower no 1 was officially presented in 1928 at the British International Motor show at Olympia in London. The 55 copies were built to comply with 24 hours of Le Mans regulations. W.O. Bentley was hostile to forced induction and believed that ‘to supercharge a Bentley was to pervert its design and corrupt its performance”. However, having lost control of the company he founded to Barnato, he could not halt Birkin’s project.

 

 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR OF TIM BIRKIN

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
  • Watercolour on art paper
  • Not framed
  • Free International Shipping
  • Size : 27 x 20 cm 
  • Price : € 495,–

 

 

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