Following World War II, the British Aeroplane Company Ltd decided to return to car production and using the established links between the British factory, Frazer Nash and BMW, they managed to bring the former BMW designer, Dr Fritz Fielder to the factory at Filton, Bristol.
He developed a much improved version of the six cylinder BMW 328 engine and placed this in a lengthened 326 chassis with a 327 based body.
In 1947, the Bristol 400 made its debut and a year later at the Earls Court Motor Show, the 401 was announced with revised coachwork styled by Touring of Milan, tested in the Filton factory wind tunnel.
The 401 had a production run of a mere 650 in the period 1949-1953 and less than a dozen are known to have been bodied by specialist coachbuilders.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
We personally very much like the brand Bristol. A brand which is known by the real car collectors as a unique and special brand which went further then just designing or making a car.
Due to the airplane background Bristol cars were fully tested in wind tunnels and therefore the design is made on such a way that as less as possible external objects can be found.
This Bristol was formerly owned by a large classic car collector who carried out an impressive restoration.
The entire car has been restored and pictures of the different stages are available on request.
Technically the complete engine and drive train has been overhauled.
Exterior wise this Bristol is a very attractive car. Due to the impressive restoration the car has a very shiny and beautiful appearance.
The beautiful metallic green has a very nice deep shine.
The brightwork is in a beautiful condition as well.
The light and glasses are in the same nice condition.
Fittings of the doors, boot and bonnet are excellent.
A beautiful appearance.
The interior of the Bristol has been restored on the same level as the exterior. Therefore the condition is very impressive with a beautiful beige leather which is finished with dark green piping.
The complete interior is in an as new condition.
The wooden dashboard is in a superb condition.
The steering wheel show some patina and one could decide to restore the steering wheel to the same level as the rest of the car.
The car runs and drives well. Like all Bristol 2 liter engines, this car has a fantastic exhaust note.
The gearbox is very easy to use, the brakes are effective, and the clutch is working very adequate.
Bristol cars are a joy to drive, certainly if you have a well sorted example like this car.