Bristol 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.

Model Introduced Discontinued
412 Series 1 1975 1978
412 Series 2 1978 1986
412 USA  
Beaufighter 1980 1993
Beaufort 1984 1994?
Bristol Type 412 (Series 1)Bristol Type 412 (Series 1)
Production: 1975 - 1978
The body is identified immediately by the angular Zagato styling and the central roll bar. Large rectangular headlamps. Cast Bristol Pegasus badge mounted on the front grille. The 412 engine is a 6556cc (400 Canadian Chrysler V8 induction aspirated unit fitted with the Torqueflite automatic gearbox....
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Bristol Type 412 (Series 2)Bristol Type 412 (Series 2)
Production: 1978 - 1986
New multicoloured radiator badge replaces cast Pegasus. Headlamps are as the earlier 412. The s2 engine is a 5899cc (360 Canadian Chrysler V8 induction aspirated unit fitted with the Torqueflite automatic gearbox. Stainless steel strip inlet into bumpers. Fuel filler cap is on the top of the left rear wing. Headrests introduced on rear seats. Fixed frames protect the top edge of electric windows....
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Bristol Type 412 USA - Convertible SaloonBristol Type 412 USA - Convertible Saloon
The next of these variants was described in contemporary brochures as the Type 412 USA. Unlike the British version, it was not supplied with a removable hard top. It was fitted with twinned quadruple rectangular headlamps and large-lensed repeater, running and flashing indicator lights on all four quarters, in addition to those on the front and rear of the car, presumably to comply with American legislative requirements. The engine was also fitted with a catalytic exhaust system....
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Bristol Beaufighter (Series 3)Bristol Beaufighter (Series 3)
Production: 1980 - 1993
This was the first Bristol Car to bear the name of one of the celebrated products of the Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd. As in the Series 2, the Beaufighter engine is a 360 cubic inch Canadian Chrysler V8 unit. In the Beaufighter, however, it is fitted with a Rotomaster turbocharger. The additional torque required not only a heavier propeller shaft: the Torqueflite 3 speed automatic gearbox was uprated with the 440 cubic inch engine's torque converter and internal clutches....
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Beaufort ConvertibleBeaufort Convertible
Production: 1984 - 1994
Coloured enamel Pegasus badge on black radiator grille. Narrower stainless steel strip insert in black bumper. Fixed roll bar. The engines and transmissions of Beaufort versions are the same specification as the Beaufighter, and so the bonnet likewise has a raised central section to accommodate the turbocharger. The Beaufort convertible is fitted with an electric hood....
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