Historic Bristol 411 5.9 litre (1973)

This is a historic car with Bristol themselves for three outstanding reasons:
• this particular car was the very first 411 Series 4;
• it was the actual car used for the famous Avon Safety Wheel blowout test (when it was driven by the late Tony Crook himself); and
• it was the prototype for the 603 when it was subsequently fitted with the later 5.9 litre engine (which it still retains).

The car was purchased by the last but one owner direct from Bristol Cars in 2010.

The 411 is arguably the best of the 400 series, and this one has the provenance and the driving ability to make it a valuable addition to any collection or for actual use. Repainted by Bristol in Celestial blue metallic, with matching pale blue leather and royal blue carpeting, the paint still stands up very well with only a minor blemish on the bonnet edge. The chassis is good and sound, having been refurbished where necessary, and the battery and spare wheel boxes are solid. The wooden dash and door trims are an especially fine feature of the interior with a good depth of shine and absence of peeling or cracking.

When ordered by the previous owner in 2010, the basic cost was enhanced to include the following items:
• Full repaint (see above);
• New, later, multi-spoke alloys - as used on the Blenheim - and tyres (all still in good condition)
• Woodwork enhanced and revarnished (still in exceptional condition);
• Leather treatment;
• Replacement front bumper;
• Stainless steel exhaust;
• Door mirrors;
• Wind noise kit;
• Rear (heated) screen replaced;
• Replacement heater matrix;
• A/c serviced;
• New carburettor;
• New rear shock absorbers;
• Full service including new brake pads.

Shortly afterwards, the car was fitted with a new radiator, sparkplugs and halogen headlamps. A year later (2012), the engine was overhauled at Bristol Cars at a cost in excess of £7,000 including new big end bearings, high output oil pump and replacement of all seals, gaskets, oils and fluids. In 2013 a new lightweight starter supplied by Bristol was fitted.

With the smaller, but lighter, 5.9 litre engine it is no slouch and the auto box changes as it should. The car has done approx 80k miles. Current long MoT to August 2018 (no advisories), past MoT certificates.

This is a lovely Bristol 411 which will appeal to the collector and driver alike.


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