<b>1954 Arnolt Bristol Prototype Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 404X3000<br />Engine no. 100D 754
Lot 150
1954 Arnolt Bristol Prototype Roadster
Coachwork by Bertone
Sold for US$ 324,500 inc. premium

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1954 Arnolt-Bristol Prototype Roadster
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. 404/X/3000
Engine no. 100D754

1,971cc OHV 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Solex Carburetors
130 hp at 4,200rpm.
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Original Factory Prototype
*Meticulous restoration
*Exceptionally well-documented history
*Highly Event Eligible


THE ARNOLT-BRISTOL

Stanley "Wacky" Arnolt was definitely one of the more intriguing characters in American Automotive History. Having earned the nickname "Wacky" by crossing Lake Michigan alone in a 14 foot boat in heavy fog, a distance of some ninety miles in open water. Having made his fortune in WW2 selling boat motors, 'Wacky' Arnolt was able to indulge his lifelong love of automobiles and by 1952 was a regional BMC distributor and US distributor for Bristol cars.

In 1952, a visit to Bertone led to Arnolt buying a stake in the Italian company and arranging manufacture of Bertone-bodied Arnolt MGs. His next venture made use of the Bristol connection, the UK manufacturer's 404 getting the Bertone designed body treatment in 1953. Despite being based on a Pre-war BMW design, the 328, the Bristol possessed one of the finest chassis of its day and its 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine was one of the most efficient around.

The engine in D2 tune produced in excess of 150 bhp and before long the pretty Arnolts were making their mark in production sports car races in the USA. After class wins at Sebring and Le Mans in 1955 and 1956 the works team was disbanded in 1957, but returned to Sebring in 1960 to capture class and team awards yet again. Production ceased in 1963 after a total of 130 cars had been sold. Twelve cars were destroyed in a Chicago warehouse fire, and it is believed that 90 survive.

Arnolt Bristols were available in three different models; the deluxe, the bolide, and the coupe. The deluxe was the more road friendly version and fitted with bumpers and folding top, while the bolide was more or less a race trimmed vehicle.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

In 1953 Wacky successfully negotiated with Tony Cook to build specially bodied Bristols, for the US market. According to the Wacky Arnolt ledger, chassis 404X3000 was dispatched to Bertone Coach-builders in Turin Italy in 1953. Bertone had a few challenges when dealing with the Bristol chassis. The main problem was that the BMW based Bristol engine was very tall. Luckily for Bertone, the genius automotive designer Franco Scaglione, who had designed the ground breaking Bat Cars, was well up to the task.

The car was then sent to England for testing, and remained there until it was shipped to New York and received on February 1, 1954. Delivery to Columbus Sports Cars, in Columbus, OH followed in March. Bob Fergus the proprietor of Columbus Sports Car, raced 404X3000 at Andrews Air Force Base, and several other Midwest sports car events. The car then passed to a Mr. Richard Ross of Columbus, Ohio. All records indicate that Mr. Ross kept the car until 1957 when it was sold to Raymond Motors in Cincinnati. It was then purchased by a Mr. Walter Tormohlen, who was the first to register the car for road use.

Walter Tormohlen raced the car for a time with the Bristol engine, but when the engine blew he fitted a fuel injected 283 Chevy, a practice that was quite common with these cars. He also painted the car white, and in this car he finished first in the novice race at the Louisville Fairgrounds. Walter retained the car through 1965 when it passed to a Mr. Bob Schifrin. In his ownership the car was painted blue and he added small bumpers to the grill, he then parted with the car in 1968. The car passed through three other documented owners, and was purchased by a Mr. Matt Shuck.

In the early 1990s the consignor, an ardent vintage car enthusiast, learned about the car from a work colleague, who was the brother of Matt Shuck. After two years of persistent chase, Matt agreed to let the now owner see the car. The car was located in Joliet, IL and had been laid up in a shed for over 13 years. At this time the car was in barn find condition and missing its engine and transmission, but it was more or less complete. The new owner then began an extensive and meticulous restoration, one that would take close to twenty years.

During the restoration the consigner took much care in obtaining a parts car that was beyond restoration. From this car a correct engine, gearbox and rear axle were sourced. Of interest is that the gearbox actually came from one of the 12 Arnolts that were lost in a warehouse fire, so as a result is close to brand new. Over the next couple of years the engine was built from original parts sourced by the owner.

While the engine was being built, the body and chassis were sent to noted restorer Restorations Unlimited in Cary, IL. While there a comprehensive restoration of the body was undertaken. This restoration took several years, after which the car returned to the owners where the mechanical restoration of the car was completed.

Finally the car was ready for paint. This job was trusted to the Appenzeller Brothers of Milford, IN. Over the course of a year the car was carefully prepped and painted. The original color of red was chosen for refinishing. Lastly it was time for upholstery and weather equipment. It was decided to trim the car in tan leather, and then use tan canvas for the top and tonneau cover.

The end result of these years of meticulous work is truly stunning. The car was recently inspected by a Bonhams Specialist, and shows in truly exceptional condition. With its period competition history and its extraordinary documented restoration, the opportunity to acquire this car should give the next owner much pleasure, as well as an undoubted eligibility to multiple prestige motoring events worldwide, where in capable hands the car will be most competitive
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