Here we have a beautiful 1931 Bentley Le Mans Special with a Bentley / Rolls Royce 8 cyl. engine with multiple carb set up and a great sound !
While naturally aspirated Bentleys dominated endurance racing in the early 20th century and W. O. Bentley himself rejected supercharging as a perversion of his creations, the so-called “Blower Bentleys” are the best known to date in the popular automotive culture despite never having won a major race. In fact the Blower Bentley was the brainchild of “Bentley Boy” Henry “Tim” Birkin, who was well-known for his never-ending quest for more power in his racers. Against W.O.’s express wishes, Birkin and his fellow Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato set up shop in Welwyn in 1929 to begin producing supercharged Bentleys, the first of which used crankshaft-driven blowers built by famed English engineer Charles Amherst Villiers. When Birkin was granted permission by Barnato – a multiple Le Mans winner and, not coincidentally, a part owner of Bentley – to enter a team in the French classic, albeit in a different class than the factory 6.6 L cars so as not to compete directly with W.O. The effort ended badly; both of Birkin’s cars suffered blown engines, and W.O. was irate to learn that the cars’ appearance then obligated him to build another 50 supercharged cars for homologation. Designed to race at Le Mans, the most famous Blower Bentley, the Birkin Monoposto, actually scored the first win for a Blower Bentley on the Brooklands race track in 1930 and held the Brooklands speed record at 137.96 MPH from 1931 to 1934. That historic racer is recreated in the superb machine offered here, which is built on a Mark IV chassis and suspension and uses a multiple-carbureted Rolls Royce/Bentley eight cylinder engine in concert with a 4-speed transmission. The distinctive aluminum bodywork duplicates the Birkin Monoposto design as raced by Birkin at Brooklands. Titled as a 1931 Bentley, this unique Le Mans Special beautifully evokes the spirit of the Bentley Boys era.
This car is a "special" in the Bentley fashion ; it has a Mark VI chassis and everything you see is genuine Bentley ; engine , transmission , suspension , brakes , the works.
The body is a perfect recreation in aluminium of the famous " Birkin Blower " the car that raced Le Mans and was driven by famous race driver Tim Birkin.
As two seat configuration , you can actually put on your goggles and helmet and bring your better half along for a exciting ride !
Has lights , fenders and signal lights , so is street legal too !
Truly a show stopper and built with craftsmenship and pride like some of the other " specials" built by Petersen engineering for example.
A truly exciting car in every way !
SOLD !!! THANK YOU ANDRE IN THE UK !!