The Bentley Blower refers to a series of supercharged 4 1/2 Liter racing models produced by the English automaker in the 1920s at the request of the infamous "Bentley Boys" producing 175 HP and able to reach tremendous speeds. The Blower earned an outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928. The Blow Bentley is recognizable by the roots style supercharger mounted at the front of the vehicle.
For the longest time, Bentley has carefully crafted a reputation as one of the most esteemed and luxurious auto brands in the world. Classic, elegant, and timeless, when it comes to these descriptions, Bentley holds a backseat to absolutely no one.
That being said, imagine one of the most iconic Bentleys in the world in the form of the 1929 Bentley Blower to be given a more modern ’feel’, so to speak. Conservative Bentley afficionados may cringe at the thought of ruining a classic, but for those who don’t mind bringing in a little more edge to the Blower, then we invite you to check out this fantastical design by Marc Senger, the Bentley Dynamo.
Now, it’s not exactly in tune with what Bentley has been building lately, but given the structural design of the 1929 Blower, this is about as modern as it can get without going all Jetsons on the car. Couple the design - not to mention, those sexy front open wheels - with the original’s 4.3-liter four-cylinder engine and you have a car that the esteemed founders of the brand would be proud of. After all, there’s going to come a point in time where a brand’s history clasps with modern times, and this car certainly fits that bill.
Having said all that, there’s still a likely chance that we won’t see anything like this from Bentley in the near future. As one of those brands that are conscious about their image, it’s highly unlikely that they’d depart from what they’re doing these days to build something like this.
The Bentley Blower was a development of the 3 liter model produced in the 1920s. The 4.5 liter model was produced as a performance road car and a possible contender for endurance racing . The Blower proved highly reliable on the track and nearly took victory at the 1928 and 29 Lemans. In 1929 Bentley dropped the 4.5 liter engine and opted to race the more reliable Speed 6. At this time Tim Birkin saw the potential in the smaller displacement car and modified the 4.5 liter for the 1929-30 race season. Three ’Birkin Blowers’ competed against the Bentley Speed Sixes at the 1930 Lemans. The 4.5 blower was surpassed by the Speed 6 that went on to win the 1930 Lemans with a 72 mile lead.