Lot 211 - 1947 Bac 400 Coupé

Lot 211 - 1947 Bac 400 Coupé

Lot 211 - 1947 Bac 400 Coupé

Lot Number 211
Registration 125 YUY
Chassis Number 400/1 178
Engine Number N/A
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £12,320

The Bristol 400 was the first motorcar of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. After World War II, BAC decided to diversify and formed a car division, which would later be the Bristol Cars company in its own right. BAC subsequently acquired a licence from Frazer Nash to build BMW models. Bristol chose to base its first model on the best features of two outstanding pre-war BMWs, namely the 328's engine, and the 326's frame. These were covered with a neat all-steel body, inspired on BMW 327's. The Bristol 400 featured a slightly modified version of BMW's six-cylinder, 1,971cc engine. This engine, considered advanced for its time due to its hemispherical combustion chambers and very short inlet and exhaust ports, developed 80hp at 4,500 rpm and could carry the 400 to a top speed of around 92 mph with acceleration to match.

Little is known of the early history of this example of Bristol's sporting coupé. It was discovered in a locked garage where it has lain for some twenty years. It was then moved to the current owner's residence in West Sussex approximately five years ago. The Bristol Owners Club records detail the original factory colour to be yellow with the addition of a 404 crown wheel and pinion. The body, whilst obviously requiring painting, appears sound throughout and the interior elements all seem to be present, either in situ or in boxes. The engine has been removed and in place is now a Standard Six motor. It is not running although the car rolls on its wheels. Inspection is recommended but this example represents an early Bristol project with enormous potential.

 

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