1932 Bentley Blower 4/8 litre racer.
Chassis number: VA4079
Registration number: GX9
Visceral to say the least. This is without doubt the fastest & longest legged W.O. Bently's we have so far handled. VA4079 started life as a 4 litre car leaving the factory in March of 1932 making it one of the very last W.O. cars produced. It was originally fitted with a Vanden Plas Drop Head Coupe Body.
The car was falling into disrepair in the 1970s, then in the 1990s was acquired by an eminent overseas collector, who embarked on a major restoration including the installation of an 8 litre engine, and remodelling the car based on the legendary Bentley Old No.1, in her final guise as a Brooklands outer circuit racer. The 8 litre & 4 litre chassis were very very similar so the 4 litre chassis is well suited to such upgrades.
The current owner has further enhanced the car, both cosmetically and mechanically, vastly improving the performance by the addition of an original pattern Amherst Villiers Rootes style Blower unit (as fitted to the Birkin Blowers) & also has fitted an overdrive giving the car a very relaxed long legged gait at high speeds. Much of the recent works have been carried out by Marque specialist Neil Davies who has done a fantastic job on the car.
One has to drive this car to appreciate its power & performance. It has real presence driving down the road & attracts an instant crowd wherever it stops. The car is resplendent in its deep racing red paintwork & has mulberry coloured leather to the seating surfaces. Twin aero screens are fitted as is a fold up windshield that the soft top foul weather gear affixes to. A full tonneau cover comes with the car for occasional use to keep out the elements & prying eyes when parked unattended.
The long bonnet has a full quotient of louvres along the top & down the sides & is secured in place by leather straps. A useful luggage area is located under the rear hatch that hinges open once released using a square profile coach key. The hood is also stored in the rear area.
The car is fitted wth a large long distance fuel tank. We did not ascertain the full capacity as the fuel station pump cut off when we reached £120 worth. The dash is a traditional machine turned aluminium affair covered in all the usual instrumentation including boost gauge, rev counter & speedometer etc. Twin drip feed oilers are also mounted in the dash. A drain pipe sized exhaust runs down the passengers side exterior of the car culminating in an elegant fish tail affair.
Magnificent, thunderous & imposing would sum up this machine. It is full on Mr Toad W.O.Bentley motoring at its finest.
Starting proceedure is as follows:
Turn on fuel shut off tap.
If cold prime 5 or 6 pumps of the Kigas pump.
Both Magneto switches on.
Fuel Pump on.
Depress bomb release type starter button & crank 'til the engine fires. Whilst cold the engine will splutter & pop back alarmingly but this quickly disappears as the car warms. Each popping back is accompanied by an impressive puff of smoke that blows wisply out of the bonnet louvres adding to the full "parp parp out of my way" effect.
Office 01375 379719
Richard Biddulph 07967 260673
Christoff Cowens 07772188037
We accept Credit/Debit Cards.
Part Exchange welcome.
Weekend & evening viewings OK.
Viewings by appointment :
9 Globe Industrial Estate,
Grays, Essex, RM17 6ST
Sorry, but this car is already SOLD. Contact inforamation is disabled for sold cars.
Based close to the M25 in Essex, England Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars are a leading classic car specialist providing automotive clients from around the world with some of the finest Rolls Royce and Bentley vehicles available today.
When visiting the automotive showrooms of Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor cars, you will note the vast range of pre & post war classic and vintage cars from Aston Martin, Lagonda, Stutz, Mercedes, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Alvis and Bugatti and many more historic automotive marques in stock. However, Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars focus on the supply of classic and vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars as these famous classic vehicles have a huge following around the world. Indeed, as one of Europe’s leading classic and vintage car specialists, you will find in excess of over two hundred pre & post war vehicles on show.
Many classic and vintage car connoisseurs from around the automotive world look to Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars as a sales platform to efficiently & effectively promote their classic cars for sale. The Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor cars commissioned sales program offers a range of classic car sales services including a stunning set of detailed automotive photographs professionally taken using HiDef full frame digital cameras designed to present their client’s classic cars in the best way possible. In addition, Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars have recently invested in a new bespoke website designed and built by an award winning organization with the objective to promote their clients classic and vintage vehicles at the highest level through the internet.
We work closely with Google ‘ad words’ buying key words such as Lagonda, Bentley or Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in key markets such as the USA & Japan. This brings our classic car web site up high in the Google and other search engines. This proactive approach to marketing is a powerful way of generating worldwide classic car sales as opposed to merely serving the home market.
As soon as Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars list your Rolls Royce, Bentley or classic car on their website, you will instantly be linked to an assortment of other classic & modern automotive websites, both in Europe as well as in the Americas, Middle/Far East & the Antipodes.
Many discerning International automotive clients have actually purchased their classic or vintage vehicles direct from our website or e-mailed images. This is due to the extreme clarity and quality of the digital photography being used by Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars. Indeed many of our commissioned sales cars have been supplied to our oversees clients simply due to the quality of the imaging being used. Many of our classic or vintage car clients find this approach extremely beneficial as they can regularly visit the Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars website and simply select the classic vehicle they want and then contact our offices to agree a price.
For those automotive clients who can make it to our classic and vintage cars showroom, they are in for a surprise! Our classic and vintage cars showroom has often been described as being like a museum or a classic car motor show. As you arrive, you will be greeted by an array of Rolls Royce radiator grills that complement the range of vintage Bentleys and other fine classic vehicles.
Where a prior viewing has been arranged, your desired classic car is given center stage in the showroom with one or two comparable models left & right of it. The classic car will be impeccably detailed and placed under our spotlights available for the customer to view upon arrival.
Classic and Vintage Car Servicing Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars operate a large workshop that provides a range of services for their automotive client’s cars in addition to undertaking more specialised work when required. We recently stripped and fitted new valves to a 4.5 litre 1925 Sunbeam for example & relined a crank damper on a Rolls Royce 25/30. Classic and Vintage Car Restoration We typically have about eight full classic car restoration projects being undertaken at any one time. For example, we are currently working on a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration of three Rolls Royce Phantom III’s, two V12 Lagonda’s, a Jaguar XK120 and are painting several other classic vehicles. Our trim shop is next door to our showroom & does a fine job of re-upholstering car interiors.