Our Bristol, believed to be the 10th produced 403, was first registered in June 1953 in Leicester with the original registration ‘KBC 525’ as it still retains today. One of just 281 Bristol 403’s produced, Chassis #1315 has been the subject of a comprehensive restoration and sympathetic upgrades to make it both safe and reliable in modern traffic. It is accompanied by four great big files of history, a very important and detailed photo album and what can only be described as a ‘Bible’ running to seventeen pages painstakingly depicting the exact work which has gone into making this the very best Bristol 403 on the market today. These details centre around the major restoration which took place in Holland between 1987 and 1995 whilst in the ownership of one Mr J.P. Koopmans, an active Bristol Owners Club member and contributor (as well as the author of several technical publications on all things Bristol 403) who went on to own our car for 26 years in total. It was Mr Koopmans who so generously compiled the full document of what was subjected to his car, copies of which are available digitally to prospective purchasers. In most recent ownership, ‘KBC 525’ was in 2015 entrusted to the renowned Carosserie Car Company of County Durham for what started as minor paint rectification, and ultimately became a full bare-metal repaint as these matters often do! In winter 2016, the interior wood was also removed and freshly veneered which sets the tone for the quality of the interior. The seats are worn and ooze patina, but not torn nor scruffy. The over-engineered solutions to such minor issues as the sun in your eyes are overcome by the fabulous way even the sun visors operate. It just screams ‘Bristol’ in all its wonderful eccentricity…. Chassis #1315 is supplied with its original buff log book and instruction manual, spare keys, full workshop manual and many spare mechanical and trim parts, many of which will no doubt be quote unobtainable. There is literally too much to mention to do justice to this car here, but please contact us for further information.
During the 1930s, Frazer Nash, who made some of the finest sports car of the time, extended their range by importing BMW's 3 Series cars which were re-badged and sold as Frazer Nash-BMWs. After 1945 they acquired the designs for the BMW range and encouraged the Bristol Aeroplane Company to take up car manufacturing which, to our good fortune, they chose to do! The first product was the Bristol 400 which in essence combined the chassis of the BMW 326 with the looks of the 327 coupe and the superb engine of the 328 sports car. Being made by an aircraft manufacturer the 400 was a very high quality machine and, being hand built by highly skilled craftsmen, it was inevitably expensive however it soon found a strong market niche as well gaining a good reputation in motoring events. This particular example, which left the factory on 4 th November 1948, was sold via London based Bentley dealers Jack Barclay and would have cost its new owner somewhere in the region of £2,500 which reflected it being hand built to very exacting standards. When its current owner bought it the car had been laid up for 15 years and was therefore in need of some tender loving care! After an initial check over it
1972 Bristol 411 Series 3. Following the demand for our last Bristol, we have another stunning restored 411. We have an extensive history since 1990 showing that the car has been maintained on a no expense spared basis (invoices on file for £37,000 since 1999). These cars are fast becoming the desired and appreciating classic. They drive better than Astons of the same generation and are considerably more exclusive yet cost half the price!
Bristol 408 Saloon Offered here is a beautiful example of the Bristol 408 which has had an incredible amount of care lavished on it to ensure it presents in top condition and is mechanically reliable and always on the button, ready for the long journey ahead, rain or shine. The owner has taken a great deal of pride in this lovely Bristol and is reluctantly only parting with it due to health problems. The specification is a perfect combination for a Bristol, handsomely finished in Oxford Blue with black leather interior and unusually the car has air conditioning and a sliding metal sunroof which are highly desirable options, hardly ever seen. An engine rebuild has very recently been carried out amongst other works and accompanying the car is en extremely comprehensive history file detailing the works carried out on the vehicle and giving a great insight into the fastidiousness of ownership enjoyed by its custodians. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.