1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged Bentley - 2001

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1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged Bentley

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The description below is taken from the Airfix catalogue this kit was first seen in. There may also be extra information underneath the main catalogues description.

Airfix Catalogue description:

The name 'Bentley' is synonymous with motor racing. Designed and built by W. O. Bentley, 3-litre versions were successfully raced in the early 1920s. In 1926 Bentley introduced a 4 1/2-litre engined car. It was entered in Le Mans 24 hour race in 1927, won in 1928 and the following year took second, third and fourth places behind a 6 1/2-litre Bentley.

Sir Henry Birkin and Clive Gallop, in conjuction with supercharging expert Amhurst Villiers, developed a 'blown' version of the 4 1/2-litre Bentley - much against Bentley's advice. Three were built initially and proved uncatchable although tending to be unrealiable. 'Tim' Birkin's lap record on the old Le Mans circuit was never broken. A fourth car was then developed and that incredible machine is the subject of this super nw kit. In this Sports Car he competed against racing cars, and in the 1930 French Grand Prix achieved 135 mph on the straight. He came second, averaging 88.5 mph for the 245 miles in a time of 2 hrs 46 mins. The car also competed in many other classic races of the period.

The present owner, Mr Neil Corner, has restored the Bentley to its original condition, and with his help and co-operation Airfix have reproduced this car for the modeller. There are 272 parts in this superb kit including rubber tyred wheels, plated radiator, supercharger etc. and opening bonnet revealing detailed engine, and it is a must for every enthusiast's collection. - Taken from the 9th edition catalogue (1971)

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Airfix Series: 20
Rarity of early version: Scarce
First Issued: 1971

Artists information below is taken from:
Airfix Collectors Club, Artist and Kit list - 6th Ed. Compiled by Jeremy Brook.
Artist on Box Type 4: Stephen Hipwell
Artist on Box Type 6: Roy Cross
Artist on Box Type 16: Adam Tooby

This kit appeared in these catalogues:
9th Edition (1971) Ref: 2001
10th Edition (1973) Ref: 09398-1
11th Edition (1974) Ref: 09398-1
12th Edition (1975) Ref: 09398-1
13th Edition (1976) Ref: 20440-8
14th Edition (1977) Ref: 20440-8
15th Edition (1978) Ref: 20440-8
16th Edition (1979) Ref: 20440-8
17th Edition (1980) Ref: 20440-8
1982 Edition Ref: 20440-8
1983 Edition Ref: 9 20440
1985 Edition Ref: 920440
1990 Edition Ref: 20440
1992 Edition Ref: 20440
1993 Edition Ref: 20440
1994 Edition Ref: 20440
1995 Edition Ref: 20440
1996 Edition Ref: 20440
1997 Edition Ref: 20440
1998 Edition Ref: 20440
1999 Edition Ref: 20440
2000 Edition Ref: 20440
2001 Edition Ref: 20440
2002 Edition Ref: 20440
2003 Edition Ref: 20440
2004 Edition Ref: 20440
2005 Edition Ref: 20440
2006 Edition Ref: 20440
2007 Edition Ref: 20440
2011 Edition Ref: A20440
2012 Edition Ref: A20440
2013 Edition Ref: A20440
2014 Edition Ref: A20440
2015 Edition Ref: A20440
2016 Edition Ref: A20440
2020 Edition Ref: A20440V


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