BENTLEY 1930 4.5 LITRE ... 3D model
Famous for his statement 'there's no replacement for displacement,' Walter Owen Bentley upped the displacement of his 3 Litre sports car in 1926, producing the 4½ Litre. Upon taking control of the company, the 'Bentley Boys' went in search of even more power and developed the 4½ Litre Supercharged model, also known as the 'Blower Bentley', in 1929 at Henry Birkin's racing workshops in Welwyn Garden City.
The 4½ Litre was an evolution of the 3 Litre, sharing that car's basic chassis, including its semi-elliptical suspension at all four wheels and 4-wheel brakes. The straight-4 engine was bored out to 100 mm (3.9 in) to produce 4.4 L (4398 cc/268 in³) of displacement. This was good for 110 hp (82 kW) in road-going models or 130 hp (97 kW) when tweaked for racing.
A 4½ Litre Bentley claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928 with drivers, Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin.
This is the car author Ian Fleming first chose for James Bond. It is featured in three of the 007 Novels, Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Moonraker. In the book, Bond drives a battleship grey 1930 4½ Litre Convertible Coupé, with French Marchal headlamps and an Amherst Villiers supercharger.
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