Bristol 401 Aerodyne Coupe (1952)

The Bristol 401 was the first 4-seater coupe produced by the Company and one of the most outstanding cars of the immediate post-war period. This car was renovated to show condition in the 1990's and is still in good shape. It has featured in magazines and in the Heartbeat TV series. Between 1949 and 1953 only 611 were produced and they have always been highly prized by collectors.

The renovation in 1993 included a total rebuild of the car including a re-spray and many new parts. In 2004 the then owner (who had had the car about 40 years) had the Bristol 85C engine completely rebuilt and made suitable for unleaded petrol. (These engines were originally designed by BMW before the War and were one of the most advanced six-cylinder engines of the day). In 2014 the gearbox and brakes were renovated and three new Solex carbs were fitted. The car is now mechanically excellent and while not having the performance of the later Bristols is surprisingly nippy for a 66-year old car. The original valve radio is still working.
The bodywork is good with a deep maroon gloss and has worn well since the renovation with only the most minor blemishes and a hint of corrosion under the arches from use over the subsequent 20 odd years. Internally the car is superb. We have tuned the engine, repaired the dashboard controls and generally tidied the car so that it drives with the comfortable and the well-oiled mechanical feel of luxury cars of the period. It has much documentation including the original log book and copies of feature articles on the actual car. Such rare and beautiful cars are difficult to price and we are open to inspection and offers.

SORRY SOLD

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