A woman as a boss or even financial backer of a racing team? And as early as 1930? Well, hard to believe, but motorsport fans will know that Lady Dorothy Paget actually based the financing of 3 real Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged - called Blower - in 1930 at the start of the 8th 24 hours race of Le Mans . Minichamps has set this car a monument, the miniature available under item no 100139530 , consisting of a total of 197 Parts with 237 Decorations. Also on board with the models in 1:18 scale are opening doors and the functioning hood, a detailed remanufactured engine, steerable front wheels and an absolute life-like interior. A great model for 249.95 euros waiting at ck-model cars for a place in your heart .
Bentley 4 ½ Litre Supercharged in scale 1:18
This model deserves a spot in your hot not only because of its fragility but also with its sheer power that radiates the thumbnail. This contradiction at first glance resolves itself when viewing the filigree technique that Minichamps has implemented into the model. The leaf spring axles, the Roots supercharger, the felt-meter long lever, the gleaming chrome headlights and grille give the mighty bottom line sublime model architecture, that Minichamps lives out freneticly at the replica of the dashboard and its watch collection . Lady Dorothy Paget would have been delighted with the small work of art of the scale 1:18 : She financed the dream of Tim Birkin which led to the construction of the 4 ½ Litre Supercharged Bentley.
The story to the Bentley 4 ½ Litre Supercharged
The Bentley 4½ Litre celebrated its debut in 1927, and won Le Mans in 1928. Its drivers were among the so-called Bentley Boys, a group of wealthy British motorists that acclaimed victories in the 1920s with Bentley sports cars and coined the fame of the brand in motorsport. One of them was Woolf Barnato who was bought by the carmaker in 1925, when Bentley was about to go bankrupt. Walter Owen Bentley did not approve of the result of the conversion of his Bentley 4½ Litre which Birkin made 5 copies of at first. The concept did not seem to be working, as compared to a standard 4 ½ Litre without compressor the consumption of Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged was astronomically much higher: 102 liters instead of the whole 16 liters per 100 kilometers, which the basic model has used.
Mass production, despite concerns from company founder
The homologation for Le Mans made the construction of 50 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged neccesary ; orders were given by Woolf Barnato against the will of Walter Owen Bentley . Barnato was heir to a diamond and gold mine in South Africa and did not have to worry about money. The car emerged in parts - back then carmakers were selling chassis that were equipped with body structere by Stellmachern . They would get assembled after receipt of an order, but the order came only after a price reduction. Le Mans was a success in sales rather contrary: marked with the starting number 8 and 9 Bentley 4 ½ Litre fell out and were entered at number 10 and 11 lying in the history of the race at the Sarthe; respectively 144 and 138 laps. Our model to model - the number 8 - was controlled by the British and the Italians Dudley Benjafield Giulio Ramponi