Originating in Germany, SAPOR’s 4.5 litre supercharged Bentley represents perhaps the most remarkably indulgent and detailed model of the famous Birkin No 2 ‘Blower’, raced at the 1930 Le Mans 24 hour race, amongst others.
This car which has been modeled in excruciating detail was produced as a very limited edition. Each of these models have ‘presence’, the SAPOR version in 1/8 scale is notable for its use of materials representing the same used in the full size car and also for the fact it is a working model.
Thus, the model is electrically powered and has many working features such as the lights, the horn and mechanically operating brakes etc. Within the very detailed engine an electric motor is secreted, which drives the rotating prop-shaft via the gearbox. There’s also a working clutch operating forward and reverse gears and a pair of cooling fans. The differential enables the rear wheels to turn under their own power, the whole car being raised above the mirrored SAPOR base supported on four axle-stands, cast in steel. The model also demonstrates operating foot pedals, an external handbrake, adjustable front seats, opening doors, opening engine covers and a fully operational hood over the passenger compartment.
SAPOR Modelltechnik have produced extraordinary working models of vintage cars radiating class and luxury since the 1990’s. SAPOR’s earliest examples were a 1904 Mercedes Simplex, a 1904 Rolls Royce and a 1913 Mercer Raceabout, which rarely come up for private auction, whilst most are retained in private hands being highly valued collector pieces. Later, there was a 1929 long wheel base Blower Bentley (YU 3250), a 1924 tulip wood bodied Hispano Suiza, a 1930 Mercedes SSK and a 1930 short wheel base Blower Bentley (UU 5872) – the latter being famously driven at Le Mans in 1930.
Each of these models are constructed of 3000-4000 parts, the Blower Bentleys containing in excess of 4000 parts. Of each chosen subject, twenty five models would be made. However, the Short Wheel Base Blower Bentley which was the last to be built, only fifteen examples would be built. The very last of these SWB Blower Bentleys to be built and sold was in fact one of only twelve and is the model shown here.
The model is now sold. May 2018.