Production and Specification

The accepted production figure is of 142 cars, which included 6 chassis that were clad as fixed-head coupés. Sadly, 12 units were originally reported damaged or destroyed in a fire in a Chicago warehouse before reaching Arnolt at Warsaw, Indiana, USA. Others were reported with lesser scorch and superficial fire damage. At least one of these twelve cars was thought later rebuilt. It seems more likely that it was one of the scorched cars rather than a totally burnt out unit.

The Arnolt-Bristol, as it was named for sale, was very successful in road and track meet events. S.H. Arnolt Inc. operated its own racing team which like the Bristol Company 450 racing team also had much competitive success in specialized events.

All Arnolts carry their own badges depicting a winged horse jumping through a letter A which bears on the cross bar the word ARNOLT. For example, see the Hub cap badge shown right. This external allusion to the Bristol Aeroplane Company via the Pegasus badge is not lost on Bristol cognoscenti, for 'Pegasus' was the name given to one of the parent company's many famous aero engines.

Arnolts were supplied in four specifications:

  1. Competition

    This was the name given to the base level specification. It was very basic indeed and offered a low windscreen, rubber mats, no interior trim, no body trim, no soundproofing, no provision for a top, simple lightly padded seats and instruments spread across the painted steel fascia panel.
  2. Bolide

    Slightly better appointed than the Competition model, this had a folding half screen.
  3. De Luxe

    The next level option specification included full width screen, instruments placed in a podule before the driver, quarter bumpers or bumperettes, fold down hood (though most had side curtains to the hood, one car was later fitted with wind down windows at the Bertone factory), trim panels to doors with arm rests, carpets, interior door handles and exterior door buttons. The seats had more padding than the "Bolide" and were fitted with sliding adjusters. The dashboard layout is the most reliable discriminator.
  4. Coupé

    This was a very different body style and very exclusive final option. It was trimmed to the same specification as the De Luxe but additionally fitted as standard with wind-down side windows, fixed roof and rear window. However – before you rush out to find one – only six Coupés were ever built.

Of course a number of mostly "Bolide" and some "De Luxe" cars were fitted out to customer requirement, so there are a number of cars seen bearing features of higher specification models, e.g. chromed bumperettes, folding hoods and detachable side screens, pop-up headlamps, etc. A few were fitted with Borrani knock-off wheels.