British financier and racing driver Woole Barnato was the original commissioner of the charismatic SM3909, a supercharged 2+1-seater 1930 Blower Bentley 4 1/2 Litre with rear cockpit by Gurney Nutting. Barnato was 1 of the Bentley Boys, a three-situations Le Mans 24 Several hours winner and chairman of the Bentley operates from about 1926. He saved the corporation, but later bought it to Rolls-Royce in 1931.
SM3909’s preliminary registration date was November 27, 1930. It nonetheless carries its primary GK 6661 numberplate these days. The all-aluminium physique built from Barnato’s particular sketches was of a sporting layout, boasting distinctive upturned back again wings and a fishtail rear with decreased, flared finishes.
The engine’s Roots-style supercharger was designed by famous engineer Amherst Villiers. It conferred quite a few gains over and above acceleration and pace. Its enhanced distribution allowed for smoothness at larger speeds, as properly as tractability and docility at extremely reduced speeds more than the regular 4 1/2 Litre. SM3909 had a central throttle pedal as featured on the 3 Litre, in addition to racing-encouraged brakes on all four wheels. Sitting on a 10ft 10in-wheelbase chassis, the 175bhp powerplant propelled the vehicle to a 115mph prime pace.
Gurney Nutting elongated the unique upturned rear wings and mudguards when Barnato gave SM3909 to his spouse. However, by 1980 SM3909 was all over again sporting its authentic sporting, rakish entire body style and design, acquiring been intently restored to its primary configuration. Barnato’s individual automobiles were generally relatively specific, and no fewer than Rivers Fletcher thought of SM3909 all through Barnato’s time to be:
“The most effective Blower Bentley at any time, and I beloved it!”
4.4-litre, 4-cylinder, overhead camshaft, supercharger, 175bhp.
Front-motor, 4-velocity manual transmission, no synchromesh, rear-wheel push, independent chassis, semi-elliptic springs front and rear, drum brakes all spherical.
Certainly breathtaking. We like it.