Lot 241 - 1983 Bristol Brigand
|Odometer reading||80,000 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £32,000|
Launched in 1976, Bristol's Type 603 models represented the company's first major redesign since the 406 of the late '50s. Gone was the classic three-box profile of the past, replaced by a considerably more streamlined shape. Among the many benefits was an increase in head, leg and shoulder room - more than for any Bristol before it. The newcomer was initially offered with a 5.9 litre, V8 or a mildly more frugal 5.2 litre unit. By the time the S2 version was introduced, however, the smaller engine was dropped. Coincident changes included the headlamp clusters being housed in a new grille. 1982 saw the advent of the S3 variant and the adoption, for the first time, of names from Bristol's glorious aviation history - the Britannia moniker was attributed to the standard model in the range and the Brigand label attached to the quicker version equipped with Rotomaster turbocharger. Easily distinguished from its sibling by the power bulge over the turbocharger, the Brigand was capable of a genuine 150mph. With little more than minor changes to their appearance, these two models remained in production until 1994, when they were replaced by the Blenheim.
This 1983 righthand drive Brigand is presented in Caribbean Blue with a nicely patinated grey leather interior. Whilst in the present vendor’s ownership, various works have been carried out including a full respray and all the steel wheels have been re-furbished and shod with Pirelli 4000 tyres. The carpets were renewed as was the headlining and the back parcel shelf was recovered to match the interior. All the leather was reconnolised in the original grey and eight leather panels were replaced where they were worn, split or dirty. New seals were fitted to both the front and rear screens when they went back in after respray. The vendor believes that this car could be the Brigand development car which would make it interesting in Bristol circles but this is not proven; certainly the wheels are non-standard for a Brigand. This is a great example of this truly British bulldog sports car in lovely condition.
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