Wheeler Dealers host Mike Brewer admits his dream car is the classic 1929 Bentley Blower

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The historic model is one of the oldest race cars still in existence and powered Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin to victory in the 1929 Le Mans 24 Hours. The model is a cult hero among classic car fans and is one of the rarest models on the market.

Speaking to fans on a Facebook Live stream earlier this week, Mr Brewer revealed his love for the model after discussing what cars he would like to appear on the show.

On the stream, a fan asked him what car he would really like to own that he hasn’t had the chance to yet.

Mr Brewer replied: “It’s a 1929 Bentley Blower.

“I’m never going to own one because they are like £1million and I haven’t got that kind of money. But yes that would be it.”

The car was essentially a Bentley 4 ½ litre model with the addition of super-charger.

This was placed at the end of the crankshaft and in front of the radiator to give the car its recognisable appearance.

Although the standard 4 ½ litre car had good reliability the Blower wasn’t so lucky.

Birkin’s car caught fire during the 1929 Le Mans 24 Hours en-route to victory before retiring early a year later.

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The original car hit the hammer at a historic auction in 2012 where it was sold for an eye-watering £5million by Bonhams.

Between 2019 and 2020 Bentley scanned all 630 components of the Blower to create a series of brand new models.

A complete CAD model was produced with specialists recruited to put all the pieces together.

The new blowers are the first to roll off the company’s production line in over 90 years and took over 40,000 hours to build.

The cars were constructed from many of the original blueprints and drawings from Birkin to recreate the iconic car exactly as it would have been back in the day.

Just 12 of the highly-exclusive models will be produced under the Continuation Series with all the models already sold to collectors.

Bentley Mulliner Director Paul Williams said the car was a “hugely rewarding” project due to the history of the car.

He said: “Seeing Car Zero come together over the last weeks and months has been astonishing.

“The very latest digital design techniques came together with genuine artisanal hand-crafted artistry – often using manufacturing methods true to the 1920s.

“It’s only through this fusion of old and new that we could craft these cars, with the skills of our engineers mirrored in those of our specialist suppliers.

“We’ve issued thousands of drawings and specifications for components, and watching them arrive into Mulliner and then seeing the car take shape has been hugely rewarding.”

The original Bentley Blower still appears around the classic car scene at motor shows and special events. 

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