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  Bentley 4½-Litre 'Blower' Le Mans Tourer
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1929 - 1931
Numbers built:55 (all versions)
Designed by:Vanden Plas
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 21, 2016
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Chassis: HR3976
The fourth Birkin Blower, this example was acquired new by the Hon. Dorothy Paget as a Team Car. Upgraded to Blower specifications, it was raced at Le Mans by Dudley Benjafield and Giulio Ramponi. They were forced to retire after 144 laps with reliability issues. Chassis HR3976 was raced through to the end of 1931. Among its most famous appearances was at the 1930 French Grand Prix, where it was driven to second by Henry Birkin, with the fenders and lights removed. The fourth and final Blower Team Car has since its retirement been cherished by its subsequent owners. Today it is part of one of the world's most famous private collections.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1930
Engine number HR3976
First owner Hon. Dorothy Paget
License plate UR 6571
Last known location American Private Collection
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