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The 6 cylinder Cars

Production: 1946 - 1961

Fitted with Bristol Aeroplane Co. engine and manual gearbox

Manufactured by Bristol Aeroplane Company (Car Division) Ltd

For facts and figures, see the 2-litre data page.


  • Type 400 (1946-1950) – 2 door Saloon
    • Type included two Prototype Dropheads by Bristol
    • Drophead bodies styled by Farina
    • Saloon bodies styled by Touring and Zagato
    • Special one-off designs by others, including a timber framed and panelled 4 door Estate Car by Hyde
  • Type 401 (1948-1953) – 2 door Saloon
    • This Type included two Saloon bodies styled by Beutler
    • A Prototype Drophead bodystyle by Beutler
    • A number of Drophead bodies by Farina,
    • A number of Saloon bodies by Touring
  • Type 402 (1949-1950) – 2 door Drophead Coupé
  • Type 403 (1953-1955) – 2 door Saloon
  • Type 404 (1953-1955) – 2 door Fixed head Coupé
    • Type included a Drophead body styled by Abbott
  • Type 450 (1952-1955) – The Bristol Company team race cars.
  • Arnolt Bristol (1954-1958) – Roadster bodied by Bertone
    • Chassis type coded 404/X by Bristol were bodied to three Arnolt specifications (Bolide, DeLuxe and DeLuxe Coupé) by Bertone. Most were shipped to the USA.
  • Type 405 (1954-1958) – 4 door Saloon
  • Type 405 D (1954-1958) – 2 door Drophead Coupé
    • Driven chassis were bodied by Abbott to order only
  • Type 406 (1958-1961) – 2 door Saloon
    • Type included a Saloon car bodied by Beutler
    • A number of chassis were bodied by Zagato
    • A number of Prototype variants by the Factory
  • Miscellaneous 6 cyl. engined cars