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1949-1955 BRISTOL 401/403 specifications

1949-1955 BRISTOL 401/403 specifications Classic and Performance Car

Putting right the 400’s main failing, its ungainly body, the 401 was introduced initially for export markets only. Its handsome styling was the result of extensive wind tunnel work, after a basic design was submitted by Superleggera Touring. It was a design way ahead of its time, merely let down by a lack of power. This shortcoming was put right five years later, with the appearance of the 403 – and a welcome upgrade to 100bhp. Bristols were expensive and well crafted – the latter trait keeps them surprisingly usable today.

Production

  • Production:
    950
  • Price at launch:
    £3,214
  • Price (excellent)
    £22,500
  • Price (good):
    £19,000
  • Price (average):
    £9,500
  • Price (project):
    £4,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    15.1secs
  • Top speed:
    97.0mph
  • Power:
    85.0bhp
  • Torque:
    107.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    21.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, transverse leaf spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, torsion bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4864mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2869mm
  • Width:
    1702mm
  • Height:
    1524mm
  • Weight:
    1224kgs

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