Lot 264 - 1965 Bristol 408 Mark II
|Estimate||£35,000 - £45,000|
The Bristol 408 was made between 1963 and 1966 and unusually for Bristol; a slightly revised version was launched during the middle of the model's production run in 1965 and known as the 408 Mark II. Mechanically, the Bristol 408 was identical to its predecessor the 407, which had been a major departure for Bristol with its use of a Chrysler V8 engine and automatic transmission. However, outwardly there were some major changes. The frontal styling of the 407 - which had been a carry-over from the six-cylinder 406 and 405 - was discarded and in its place was a rectangular grille with pronounced horizontal bars. Another major change was the turn indicator lamps, which on the 408 were wide and rectangular in contrast to the 407's round lamps. Due to safety concerns, the push-button layout of the automatic transmission was modified through the use of a safety lever to prevent an unwary person moving the car out of "Park". There were also rectangular instead of circular push-buttons for the gear selector in this version of the car. The transmission itself was now of cast alloy and was over 30 kilograms lighter than that of previous eight-cylinder Bristol's. The engine of the 407 and original 408 had a capacity of 313 cu in or 5.1 Litres, but for the 408 Mark II this was increased to 318 cu in or 5.2 Litres.
This is the 10th Mk. II produced out of a total of only 17 Mk. II's; with only 83 408s built in total. This rare car is finished in Oxford blue with a contrasting black hide interior boasting a fine walnut facia. The three speed Torqueflite automatic gearbox is operated by push button controls to the left of the dashboard. Highly specified, the car comes with a factory fitted sunroof and electric windows and is fitted with air conditioning, 8-track radio and cassette. This fine car is supplied with a comprehensive history file containing 21 old MoT test certificates dating back to 1981 as well as a current test valid until 10th January 2017 with no advisories, a V5 registration document as well as a plethora of bills and receipts, photos, original spares handbook and various correspondence throughout the years. Testament to the owner's fastidious care a typed summary of maintenance from 1973 through to May 1982 is included. The previous owner has taken a great deal of pride in this lovely Bristol and reluctantly only parted with it due to ill health. This is undoubtedly one of the very best maintained Bristol cars offered for sale and is truly an outstanding example of a British gentleman's motor car and would make an excellent choice for any connoisseur.