21. Bentley 4.5 litre

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 Bentley 4.5 litre filling up the petroltank

It was hard work at the pitstop during Le Mans races for prewar cars. Here we see the gentleman driver Tim Birkin with his Bentley 4.5 litre who convinced his female friend Dorothy Peaget to finance his ultimate dream : building a Bentley blower. In 1921 Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin turned to motorracing, competing a few races at Brooklands. Business and family pressure then forced him to retire from the tracks until 1927 when he entered a three litre Bentley for a six hour race. For 1928 he acquired a 4.5 litre car and after some good results decided return to motor racing very much against his family’s wishes. Soon Birkin was one of the Bentley Boys, described as ‘the greatest Briton of his time” by W.O. Bentley. In 1928 Birkin entered the Le Mans race again, leading the first twenty laps until a jammed wheel forced him to drop back, finishing fifth. He won the race in 1929, racing the “Speed Six’ as co-driver to Woolf Barnato.

 Original watercolour has been sold 


 Original Watercolour of Bentley 4.5 litre

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
  • Watercolour on art paper
  • Not framed
  • Size : 20 x 27 cm = 7.87″ x 10.63″


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