An absolutely stunning 1957 Bristol 405 Brief synopsis and work in current ownership. Finished in Old English White with Red leather interior. Complete engine / gearbox / overdrive rebuild New clutch Hubs rebuilt Steering system fully refurbished Complete re-wire Complete photographic restoration in previous ownership ENOTS system still fitted and fully refurbed Matching numbers Buff logbook Overdrive Original Radio Oil cooler fitted Alternator conversion Neg earth conversion Kenlow fan Long term engineer ownerships with a fantastic history file Mechanically one of the best Bristol 405’s you will find Everything on the car is in beautiful condition, the paintwork has now aged gracefully since the repaint some years ago whilst the Red leather interior sport an unrepeatable patina. Only 308 cars were built from 1954 to 1958. (including 43 in Drophead form) The 405 was the first series production Bristol provided with Laycock de Normanville overdrives in addition to their four speed manual gearboxes which makes a huge difference for relaxing cruising and fuel economy. The engine fitted to complement the gearbox was the Bristol 100B2 series two litre straight six with triple carburettors. There is a lot of glazing on this car, which no doubt accounts for its nickname the “Flying Greenhouse”. The spare wheel is stored beneath the nearside front wing locker and the battery in the offside so yielding more usable boot area. Bristol were able to achieve a remarkably low drag coefficient for the time, one not bettered in production saloon cars for many years. The lightweight aluminum body has fabulous tail fins and the build quality exceeds a classic Aston DB and is at least the equal of a Rolls-Royce or Bentley of the same era. The steering wheel is a delight to use with the leather covered spokes being perfect for your hands, the hand position would approximate the “Ram’s Horn” yoke on the Concorde which was also part manufactured at Filton. The last of the real Bristols. Both body and engine were completely built by Bristol rather than farmed out as per the later cars.
Bristol 412 Series 2, 1978. Targa top convertible. Not been on the market for 12 years, this very rare example is the first example of the Series 2 of which around 28 were built. Body design by Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan. This car was first shown at the UK Motor Show at the end of 1977. The car been totally restored at a cost in excess of £80,000, with new leather seats and internal trimmings, carpets, new radio, bare-metal respray, new gearbox, radiator, brake servos, brake discs etc. All invoices available and the cherished 412 number comes with the vehicle. The targa top lifts off and neatly stows away in the boot and the De Ville rear quarters go down to give full 4 seater luxury convertible driving in this “Gentlemans’ Carriage”. A lovely car to drive with plenty of power from the 5.9 litre V8 engine and the smooth Torqueflite automatic gearbox. The car has starred in the Channel 5 film “Doomwatch” with Trevor Eve. Photographed on two pages of the L.J.K. Setright seminal work on Bristols “A Private Car” to illustrate the Series 2. A top German classic car magazine “Motor Klassic” ran an article on this car in June 2015. 4 times Concours d’Elegance winner of the BOC Trophy. A
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.