Sterling Silver Model of UU 5872 – Birkin’s Blower Bentley
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An extraordinarily detailed and immaculately recreated Sterling silver 1:12 scale model of Bentley’s 1929 supercharged 4½ litre ‘Blower’ by British silversmith Gil Holt. Only four ‘Team Blowers’ were built for racing, and this registration UU 5872, was Tim Birkin’s own team racing car, no.2, raced at Le Mans and went on to play a pivotal role in the Speed Six victory in 1930. The model Sterling silver patinated tyres to resemble ‘tread’, a double hinged louvred bonnet, revealing fine engine detailing on both sides, as well as an extremely well-observed dashboard with full instrumentation, and sits on a deep lacquered plinth. The model is complete with its own bespoke green calfskin Bentley presentation case. Bearing makers marks and London hallmarks for 2020.
Length overall: 18 inches (46 cm)
Based on ‘UU 5872’, Bentley Motors announced in 2019, the production of a ‘continuation’ series of 12 ‘Blowers’ would to be produced, as a faithful recreation of Bentley’s own ‘Team Blower’, chassis number HB 3403. The original car would be disassembled, catalogued and meticulously scanned in three dimensions, the component parts then being recreated using the original 1920s moulds, tools and jigs, alongside the latest manufacturing technology. The 12 continuation ‘Blowers’ would then be assembled by specialist Mulliner engineers over a period of two years, as close mechanically, aesthetically (and spiritually) to the original car.
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