Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower
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Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 11 months ago #1

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I never realized that Franklin Mint also had this wonderful 1/24 scale Bentley among their issues. Simply because I was not looking for it. I stumbled on it when gathering information about Bentley. A guy had this one for sale at € 25,-- which is cheapo. I offered him € 20,-- and he said yes. He had a huge collection of British and big American cars in 1/18 scale and he thought the Bentley was also in that same scale, until he received it. Sounds a bit Dopey really, but never mind.


When people think of Bentley cars made by W.O. Bentley up to 1931, most of the times 2 things spring to mind: A. Blower, B. Le Mans. That is 50% correct because Bentley is famous for their 5 Le Mans wins 1924 and 1927-1930, but never with a Blower Bentley.


In fact only 50 original Blowers (total Bentley production 3000 cars) were built and W.O. did not want to have anything to do with them; he hated these cars. His motto: make a car faster by increasing the capacity but do not corrupt a design by putting a supercharger on it. And he was right, his own designed 6 liter Bentley Speed Six models won Le Mans twice; the 4,5 ltr Blower did not win any race at all. But Bentley management, of which W.O. was not a member (a story in itself) decided that 50 chassis had to be built to comply with the homologation rules, and so it happened.


The Blower Bentley was the idea of Bentley racing driver Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin, who was looking for more power to counter the increasingly faster Kompressor Mercedes racing cars. So he put a supercharger on a normally aspirated 4,5 ltr. Bentley engine. He spent all of his family fortune on the racing development of the Blower Bentley and when that money ran out, he lured the wealthy Hon. Miss Dorothy Paget into financing his racing stable. Miss Paget had a yearly income of 100.000 pounds (5,6 million in present day money) and did not know how to spend it; apart from betting heavy on horses, and her own race horse stable. So money came flooding in again but results did not. In the end Dorothy called it a day and Birkin was grounded. Timmy died a poor man.


Bentley went bankrupt in 1931 and was captured by Rolls Royce. W.O. blamed the decision to built the 50 Blower chassis and Tim Birkin for the financial disaster of the company. Which was not totally true, I must add.


Many years later these Blower Bentleys became the cream of the crop and highly sought after, fetching Mount Everest prices.


And now the pictures:











 


Before watching the You Tube, shut down the sound................


Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by Ecclesley.
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 11 months ago #2

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Great looking model of a fantastic car.
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #3

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Fabulous model of a Historic car!
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #4

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That is a nice car and your right about the sound, does not fit the car.
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #5

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Nobleco wrote:
That is a nice car and your right about the sound, does not fit the car.
 


 


American Woman by Guess Who and a hitchhiking bubble headed bleach blond with a thoroughbred British car, shows great taste............

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #6

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Great taste in Cars or Women??? LOL
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #7

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Nobleco wrote:
Great taste in Cars or Women??? LOL
 


 


According to my book, the guy displaying this Bentley in the way he did shows he has not much taste for the provenance of the car. The hitchhiking girl belongs to Sunset Blvd. and not to Cricklewood, north-west London.

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #8

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Many thanks for the opening short address covering the basic history of the Blown Bentely 4.5lt. How many different toy manufactures have produced this good looking model, as I know of Lledo and Lesney Models of Yesteryear are just a couple I know of.

Many Cheers.

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #9

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Triang in the Spot On range even made one!

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #10

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Out of all the "Old Timers" this is my favourite Vintage car, class & nostailga











Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #11

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GunnerJim wrote:
Many thanks for the opening short address covering the basic history of the Blown Bentely 4.5lt. How many different toy manufactures have produced this good looking model, as I know of Lledo and Lesney Models of Yesteryear are just a couple I know of.

Many Cheers.
    


 


 


That Triang Spot On is just great. 1/43 scale Blowers were o.a. also made by BRUMM, and Corgi.







This is Minichamps 1/18 scale:


Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by Ecclesley.

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #12

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I remember seeing a car show where the host was a dealer in classic cars. He went to see a Bentley club which had a couple classic blowers. However the one on sale was a replica. The owner toldthe history well and prefered to race the normal car without the blower.
They set up a little race and the blower was lagging behind, likely not what you'd expect from a supercharger.
still... bentleys

Bargain find on the FM.

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #13

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RVREVO wrote:
I remember seeing a car show where the host was a dealer in classic cars. He went to see a Bentley club which had a couple classic blowers. However the one on sale was a replica. The owner toldthe history well and prefered to race the normal car without the blower.
They set up a little race and the blower was lagging behind, likely not what you'd expect from a supercharger.
still... bentleys

Bargain find on the FM.
      


 


The Blowers of the late twenties were not a success. Only very few of the 50 original built were used for racing and their achievements were meagre to say the least. An unblown 4,5 ltr. won Le Mans in 1928 if you see what I mean.


They were fast but they were as unrealiable as hell, the supercharger itself seizing very often and the engine suffering from oil surge and constant oiling spark plugs. Birkin misjudged the complications enormously but did not back off. In fact the unblown 4,5 ltr. Bentley engine was already at the end of its development when he Blower was introduced; souping it up was not the way to go.


Nowadays with modern technology applied, a Blower is a fast and reliable car, thanks to people like the late Stanley Mann who specialised in these "fastest lorries of the world". Many replicas are about, so be careful to call a Blower a Blower.


In the end Tim Birkin modified the BB to become a streamined single seater holding the outright Brooklands lap records for several years.





Neo made a 1/43 model











If you have an hour to spare, see this film Full Throttle, in which Rowan Atkinson plays the role of Tim Birkin. Very worthwhile.





 


 


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Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by Ecclesley.
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Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #14

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Ta mate. Got the time, not the data.

trying to conserve data

Re: Franklin Mint Bentley 4,5 ltr. blower 4 years, 10 months ago #15

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Hello a movie to watch. I forgot about Corgi who has produced them too while I didn't know about Brumm
Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by GunnerJim.
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