His previous Campbell-Napier-Railton Blue Bird of 1931 was rebuilt significantly. The overall layout and the simple twin deep chassis rails remained, but little else. The bodywork remained similar, with the narrow body, the tombstone radiator grille and the semi-spatted wheels, but the mechanics were new. Most significantly, a larger, heavier and considerably more powerful Rolls-Royce R V12 engine replaced the old Napier Lion, again with supercharger. This required two prominent “knuckles” atop the bodywork, to cover the V12 engine’s camboxes.
The faster car needed a bigger and smoother arena, and this led to the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. This time the young Donald Campbell accompanied his father. On 3 September 1935, the 300 mph barrier fell by a bare mile-per-hour, that being 484,955 km, crowning Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking career.
This detailed model of the iconic Bluebird is made from solid mahogany. It is painted with 30 layers of paint to create the high gloss finish and then the final details are hand painted. The model has a plinth and includes a plaque which tells the history of the car.
Size : L20cm H2.5cm W5cm