Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bentley Blower Blows Away Auction Record

Legendary Bentley Sets £4.5 Million Auction Record
Photo Courtesy Bentley Motors

The two vintage Bentleys at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend may not have been setting any records on the hill climb (they only did demo runs), but one Bentley Blower did set a record at the festival nonetheless. A 4 1/2 litre supercharged Bentley Blower formerly owned by racer Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin sold at the Bonham’s Goodwood auction for £4.5 million, beating the previous record auction price for a Bentley, a Speed Six sold for £2.8 million at the Le Mans Classic in 2004, by quite a lot.

Tim Birkin at Brooklands
Photo Courtesy of Bentley Motors

It’s not the first time the car has set a record. Back in March of 1932, with Birkin driving, it hit 219.93 kmh at Brooklands, former home of the British Grand Prix. Birkin apparently described his record run by saying “there are bumps which jolt the driver up and down in his seat and make the car leave the road and travel through the air.” Since the Brooklands track was uncoated concrete and steeply banked, that must have been an interesting ride indeed. I suspect the new owner will be more careful with it.

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