Lot 204 - 1950 Bristol 400
|Odometer reading||45,747 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
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 Bristol Cars 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 4,500rpm and could carry four passengers to a top speed of around 92mph with acceleration to match. With their aircraft quality construction, discreet and purposeful styling, the Bristol motorcar range have become sought after of late and with the new 'Bullet' about to be launched, the West London-based company show little sign of slowing down.
Owned and cherished by the vendor for the last 35 years, this charming example tells a thousand stories. The life it has lived can be seen in the patina of the seats, the paintwork and the engine. Whilst in 'oily-rag' condition, it could either be completely restored or enjoyed thoroughly as it is. There is a comprehensive history file available detailing works undertaken at marque specialists, Stanton Motorsport and Bristol Cars. Used little in recent years, it has undergone some significant engine work including, in 2002, an engine bock pressure test (no leaks at 35psi), full re-bore and re-face of block and a crack test of crankshaft and con-rods (none detected). The crankshaft was then re-ground and nitrite hardened and all bushes and bearings were replaced. Moving back through the car, the differential journals have also been re-ground with new bearings and the brake drums, wheel cylinders and master cylinders stripped, cleaned and inspected. The bills contained in the history file continue to recede into the past; suffice to say that it would appear to have been well looked after throughout its life. Character can be indefinable but, if pressed, this Bristol 400 has it in spades.
INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD NOTE THAT THE RESERVE HAS BEEN REDUCED. THE NEW ESTIMATE IS £25,000-£35,000.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.