“…After 40,000 hours of work, Bentley Mulliner has completed the first new Bentley Blower in 90 years, with the delivery of Car Zero – the prototype car for the Blower Continuation Series…”
Ask anyone about James Bond’s choice of cars and they will invariably spit out Aston Martin, particularly the DB5. But woefully unread are those that don’t know that Bond’s original car in the novels Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, and Moonraker was a 1930 41/2 Liter Blower Bentley. This seemingly unimportant bit of claptrap becomes relevant in perhaps helping you live out your 007 fantasies, as Bentley has just completed the first of a series of exact reproductions, all costing a fraction of a 1930’s original, that in today’s market can be north of $5 million.
Saved by Woolf Barnato
In 1925, failing Bentley was saved by a capital infusion by Woolf Barnato, one of the famous Bentley Boys. “The Boys” were of upper crust British society, most independently wealthy, and along with the famous Tim Birkin, campaigned Bentleys all over Europe, winning four consecutive Le Mans victories from 1927 to 1930.
Today, Bentley is producing 13 exact duplicates, retaining one for its museum and selling the other 12 to wealth, hand-picked Bentley aficionados. If you can’t convince Ralph Lauren to part with his, contact Bentley directly.
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