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1953-1955 BRISTOL 404 specifications


Essentially, the 404 was a short-wheelbase Arnold-Bristol chassis married to an exquisitely styled two-door coupé bodyshell. But it was not without problems. There was the small issue of price (it cost twice as much as a Jaguar XK120) and a lack of ultimate power compared with its Coventry rival. There were problems with the construction, too. The aluminium body and a pitch pine chassis frame have caused problems with owners in later years. But for all its problems, the 404, in looks at least, allowed it to break away from its Teutonic forbears.

Production

  • Production:
    52
  • Price at launch:
    £3,543
  • Price (excellent)
    £40,000
  • Price (good):
    £32,500
  • Price (average):
    £20,000
  • Price (project):
    £10,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    13.5secs
  • Top speed:
    110.0mph
  • Power:
    105.0bhp
  • Torque:
    123.0lb/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:
    4350mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2445mm
  • Width:
    1727mm
  • Height:
    1416mm
  • Weight:
    1039kgs

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