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1953 Bristol 401 Coupe


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1953 Bristol 401 Coupe s/n 401/3/626, engine no. 2248 Dark Red with Tan Interior Bristol had produced some of Great Britain’s most effective aircraft and aircraft engines as far back as before World War I, and transitioned their engineering and manufacturing prowess to the manufacture of automobiles (in addition to the continued manufacture of aircraft and aircraft engines) at the end of World War II. The Bristol 401 was an innovative and surprisingly capable car that was particularly advanced for its era. With an aerodynamic aluminum body (no doubt selected because of the company’s experience making aluminum aircraft) initially penned by Touring and Bristol’s excellent triple carbureted inline-6 (which had come from BMW and was subsequently fitted to the AC Bristol), the cars were quick and capable. The bodies used a Superleggera type construction of aluminum panels over steel tubes, and the shape was honed in the wind-tunnel to minimize drag. A 4-speed manual transmission backed the engine, and the car was reportedly capable of 100mph, and impressive feat given its 2 liter engine and comfortable, spacious, and well-trimmed interior. The Aerodynes were also quite useful in competi


left-hand-drive 1953 bristol 401 coupe red 4-speed leather manual

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  • Ad type
    For sale
  • Category
    Bristol > 401
  • Year
  • Mileage
    55039 mi


1145 Park Avenue
Emeryville, 94608, California
United States

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