A brief history of the Bristol MarqueA brief history of the Bristol Marque
The Bristol has always had an enviable reputation as a car that was superbly designed and made of top quality materials, regardless of cost. This philosophy originated in the manufacture of aircraft and aero engines for which the original company founded in 1910 and known from 1920 as the Bristol Aeroplane Company was famed. ...
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The CarsThe Cars
Production: 1946 -
A selection of pages with pictures of Bristol Car types and brief notes....
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Bristol Type 400 - 2 litre SaloonBristol Type 400 - 2 litre Saloon
Production: 1946 - 1950
First Series prototypes were introduced to the Motoring Press in the summer of 1946.First Production models were leaving the factory in volume late in 1946 and early 1947.Second Series was introduced in 1948. Production ceased in 1950....
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Bristol Type 401 - 2 litre SaloonBristol Type 401 - 2 litre Saloon
Production: 1948 - 1953
The first series of this type was introduced in 1948, and for two years was fabricated alongside the Type 400. First production models were leaving the factory in 1948.A second series was introduced in 1950.The third and final series followed in 1951. Production ceased in 1953....
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Bristol Type 402 - 2 litre Drophead Coup�Bristol Type 402 - 2 litre Drophead Coup�
Production: 1949 - 1950
The Type 402 was the third production model produced by the company. Introduced in 1949, it was produced concurrently with Types 400 and 401. It was the first production series drophead manufactured by the company. Produced to order, cars were leaving the factory from 1949 to 1950. Manufacture of the Type 402 Drophead ceased in 1950....
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Bristol Type 403 - 2 litre SaloonBristol Type 403 - 2 litre Saloon
Production: 1953 - 1955
A final development of the Type 401, this Type was introduced in 1953. Production was to be continued for two more years and ceased in 1955....
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Bristol Type 404 - 2 litre CoupBristol Type 404 - 2 litre Coup
Production: 1953 - 1955
This Type, first introduced in 1953, was built on a chassis some 18 inches shorter than the normal 114 inches. Fitted with a striking new Company developed fixed head coupé body, it came to be called "the Businessman's Express". Its production space was soon to be shared with another, similarly striking design: the much larger Type 405 saloon. Production of the Type 404 ceased in 1955....
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Bristol Type 450Bristol Type 450
Production: 1953 - 1955
The Company Team Racing cars were fabricated for the seasons of 1953 to 1955 inclusive, and contested top ranking endurance events in the 2 litre class – at the Le Mans (24 hours) race and at the Rheims (12 hours) race, often achieving wins in their Class and also winning Team prizes....
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Arnolt Bristol SportscarArnolt Bristol Sportscar
Production: 1954 - 1958
This was a production series of cars specially commissioned from the Bristol Aeroplane Company (Car Division) Ltd by S H "Wacky" Arnolt of Warsaw, Indiana USA. "Wacky" was then successfully running an MG agency and dealership in the USA and also was a Vice President of the design house of Bertone in Italy....
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Bristol Type 405 - 2 litre SaloonBristol Type 405 - 2 litre Saloon
Production: 1954 - 1958
Introduced in 1954, this was a departure from the norm, being the company's first, and to date only, production 4 door car. Clearly it was popular as slightly more than 260 of these hand built models were subsequently manufactured. Production ceased in 1958....
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Bristol Type 405D - 2 Litre Drophead CoupBristol Type 405D - 2 Litre Drophead Coup
Production: 1954 - 1958
This Type was the company's 2nd and less speculative production of a Drophead Coupé. However, unlike its stablemate the Type 405 Saloon, it was to be part bodied outwith the works under a contract placed with ED Abbott Ltd of Farnham. The Type 405 D body option was introduced, along with the Type 405 Saloon, in 1954, but unlike the Type 405 Saloon, it was manufactured only to order. 51 of these attractive bodies were made. Production of the Type 405 D ceased in 1958. ...
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Bristol Type 406 - 2.2 litre SaloonBristol Type 406 - 2.2 litre Saloon
Production: 1957 - 1961
This type was introduced in 1957. First production models were leaving the factory in 1958. Production ceased in 1961. Identified by the departure of the by then familiar air scoop on top of the bonnet and a larger grille and aperture to same; also by new sculpture style bonnet, boot and nave plate badges. The engine capacity of the original 2 litre straight six had been stretched to 2.2 litres and the new engine was given the designation "Bristol 110 series". This car featured disc brakes on all four wheels, and surely it must have been one of the first saloons in its class to do so....
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Other Manufacturers and the Bristol SixOther Manufacturers and the Bristol Six
Production: 1945 - 1960
Bristol engines and gearboxes were fitted by a number of other manufacturers in their models between 1945 and 1960. The primary makes, arranged in alphabetical order, were:...
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Bristol Type 407Bristol Type 407
Production: 1961 - 1963
Introduced in 1961, this was the first production Bristol with a Chrysler V8 engine. Production ceased in 1963....
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Bristol Type 408 SaloonBristol Type 408 Saloon
Production: 1963 - 1966
Two series were made; unusually for Bristol, the second series was named the 408 Mark 2. The Type 408 was introduced in 1963. The Mark 2 was introduced in 1965 and discontinued in 1966....
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Bristol Type 409 - 5.2 Litre SaloonBristol Type 409 - 5.2 Litre Saloon
Production: 1965 - 1968
Athough there never was an official second series, the later cars featured some major mechanical changes: power steering and a revised, much lighter engine package. The Type 409 was introduced in 1965. The revisions mentioned were introduced in 1967, and production ceased in 1968....
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Bristol Type 410 SaloonBristol Type 410 Saloon
Production: 1967 - 1969
The Type 410 sported a new smoother, neater body style. It was introduced in 1967 and discontinued in 1969. The production series body is easily identified by the linked tramline trims on the flanks, the body trim being extended from the front to the rear of the car. In its revised frontal treatment, the outer lamps are partly fared into the body, not on a flat panel as on the Types 408 and 409....
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Bristol Type 411Bristol Type 411
Production: 1968 - 1976
Five versions of this Type were produced. A new body styling was introduced with the Series 3....
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Bristol Type 412 - Convertible / SaloonBristol Type 412 - Convertible / Saloon
Production: 1975 - 1994
This Type introduced a radical change: the completely new body style was designed, and also initially fabricated, by Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan. Later series, shown below, were UK-made in their entirety by Bristol Cars Ltd....
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Bristol Type 603 Saloon to Type Brigand 2Bristol Type 603 Saloon to Type Brigand 2
Production: 1976 -
Model Introduced Discontinued 603 S & E 1976 1978 603 Series 2 1978 1982 Britannia & Brigand 1982 1994 Blenheim 1994 1997 Blenheim 2 1998 1999 Blenheim 3 2000 N/A Blenheim 3S 2001 Blenheim 3G 2002 ...
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Bristol BlenheimBristol Blenheim
Production: 1994 -
ModelIntroducedDiscontinued Blenheim19941997 Blenheim 219981999 Blenheim 320002009 Blenheim 3S2001 Blenheim 3G2002 Blenheim 42009N/A ...
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Bristol Blenheim SpeedsterBristol Blenheim Speedster
Production: 2002 - 2002
The Speedster, announced late in 2002, was developed from a much earlier body style reminiscent of the 405 Drophead, though in a 2 seat version without folding fabric hood. Now fitted with Blenheim Sports pack and running gear, brakes etc. This undisguised Sports Car is fitted with a low wrap-round screen and a tonneau cover – but no roof nor folding hood – is easily capable of more than 150mph....
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Bristol FighterBristol Fighter
Production: 2004 -
The Fighter had been a twinkle in Bristol's eye for many years, but the cost of development required an injection of capital that was not to occur until Toby Silverton's acquisition in about 1997....
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