Blizzard Motor Cars - The Blizzard Price: from £750,000
Last Updated On: 31/07/2019
The Blizzard is based on a 1950 Bentley concept, of the same name, for a two-seater sports car to rival contemporary models such as Jaguar's XK120. The car was never put into production and now Blizzard Motor Cars intend to build fifteen examples of this forgotten car.
The Blizzard is powered by a 4.5-litre Bentley Continental R-Type straight six bored out to 4.9 litres, with increased performance coming from aluminium cylinder heads, forged pistons, triple carburettors and modern electronic ignition.
The car is driven through a standard Bentley four-speed or optional synchromesh five-speed gearbox, with a modern hydraulic clutch fitted to improve reliability and allow for quicker shifting. Bentley themselves, who are aware of the project, have supplied assistance for the engine development through their Experimantal Department. Performace figures should improve on the original Continental on which the Blizzard is based, which was around 12.9 seconds for a 0-62mph (100km/h) time and a 115mph (185km/h) top speed.
Underneath, the Bentley MKIV derived steering and suspension set-up has been improved to better match today’s handling standards. Disc brakes, however, are not part of the package, with large polished drums sitting behind 16in wheels sitting on narrow radial tyres.
Outside, the elegant two-seater body features aluminium panels, coach-style doors, a prominent chrome radiator surround and removable rear wheel spats. Inside, period-correct and made-to-order Smiths instruments are set into a walnut-trimmed dashboard as standard, or finished according to the customer’s wishes. The same bespoke service is available with the seats, which are finished in Connolly leather unless otherwise specified. The limited edition Blizzard will be built to order on a 'first come, first served' basis.