1921 Napier Blue Bird homage hits $343,000

An homage to the legendary Blue Bird, constructed on the chassis of a 1921 Napier, led Bonhams’ Beaulieu Auction over the weekend, realising £264,700 ($342,650).

Bluebird Napier replica

The replica has been tested on Pendine Sands, where the 1927 Land Speed Record was set

The lot is a replica of the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird, a unique design by C Amherst Villiers that set the Land Speed Record in 1927. 

The original car was driven by racing driver Malcolm Campbell, who recorded a speed of 174.2 mph at Pendine Sands, Wales on February 4, 1927.

This replica was built by lifelong enthusiast Lorne Jacobs, who put it through its paces at Pendine earlier this year.

It’s comparatively safer, but still capable of speeds of around 120mph.

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