1931 BENT­LEY 4½-LITER SU­PER­CHARGED TOURER

Automobile - - Classic -

SOLD: £2,017,500 ($2,669,500*)

Bent­ley’s 4½-Liter is one of the brand’s most cel­e­brated mod­els, but by 1929, it was in dan­ger of be­ing out­classed by Alfa Romeo and oth­ers. Bent­ley Boy Sir Henry Birkin de­cided a lit­tle forced in­duc­tion would help the car’s chances and com­mis­sioned a run of 50 “Blower Bent­leys,” 4½-Liter cars with a su­per­charger added. These were built to ho­molo­gate five race cars that Birkin cam­paigned across Europe and were ca­pa­ble of more than 100 mph—se­ri­ous per­for­mance for the time. With just 50 built, they don’t sur­face of­ten. We’ll call its price market cor­rect.

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