Lot 335 - 1969 Bristol 410 Coupé
|Odometer reading||96,609 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
The Bristol 410 was the fourth series of Chrysler V8-engined models and the last to use the 5.2 litre engine originally found in the Bristol 407. With the 410, Bristol aimed for a more aerodynamic approach than that found on their previous five series dating back to the 405. The styling improvements were relatively minor but every one of them was aimed to make for a more curved appearance. The most noteworthy change was that the front headlamps were fully faired into the wings of the car rather than protruding outwards as on previous models. Bristol, like Chrysler before them, by then had felt that the safety problems of push-button automatic transmission were too difficult to counter and thus they shifted to a more conventional lever mounted between the two front seats.
This fine example was recently passed to the current owner from his grandfather who owned and used it since 1970. Indeed contained within the history file is correspondence between him and the late Tony Crook regarding the discovery of the car's heater after 25 years of ownership. The mileage is recorded, as confirmed with Toby Silverson of Bristol Cars, as 96,609 with the transmission and engine rebuilt approximately 6,000 miles ago in 1994. A replacement stainless steel exhaust was also fitted at that time and it is thought that the suspension was also overhauled, but no documentation exists for this.
In the last few months, the vendor has had all the core plugs replaced, the carburettor cleaned, the brakes rebuilt and fluid changed. The oil has also been changed with 20/50 oil, new spark plugs, new HT leads, new anti-freeze and a new fuel pump and modern oil filter adapter upgrade. It sits on four Avon Turbo speed tyres, as you would expect it comes with the original optional radio. It passed its MoT test on the 6th of June and starts easily and is reported to drive well. Also enclosed in the history file is the original instruction manual, spares handbook, and workshop manual. The original Gentleman's Express and loved by collectors with a more discerning eye.
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