1953 Bristol 404 Coupé  Chassis no. 404/2006 Engine no. 100D2/1116

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Lot 627
1953 Bristol 404 Coupé
Registration no. OYM 458A Chassis no. 404/2006 Engine no. 100D2/1116

Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 40,570) inc. premium
1953 Bristol 404 Coupé
Registration no. OYM 458A
Chassis no. 404/2006
Engine no. 100D2/1116

Footnotes

  • With the 1953 introduction of the short-wheelbase 404 coupé, the Bristol line at last lost its resemblance to the pre-war BMW, swapping the distinctive two-piece radiator grille for an equally unmistakable, aeronautically inspired air intake. The body was still an ash-framed, aluminium-alloy panelled structure, but the bonnet was now forward-hinging, and for the first time the spare wheel was accommodated in the nearside front wing. Bristol continued to use the BMW-based, 2-litre, six-cylinder engine with its ingeniously arranged, pushrod-operated inclined valves, and this was available in either 105 or 125bhp form in the 404. The gearbox remained a manual four-speed unit with first-gear freewheel. Dubbed the ‘Businessman’s Express’, the 404 excelled at providing high-speed travel in comfort. Its aircraft-industry standard of construction did not come cheap however, and only 52 examples found customers between 1953 and 1955.
    This superb 404 was sold new by University Motors and after circa five years was acquired by gentleman farmer Jesse Wilson, who frequently chose the 404 in preference to his Bentley R-Type Continental for non-stop runs from Galloway to Hertfordshire. The car was always driven back to Filton at high speed for any attention that might be needed. In the early 1960s Wilson sold the 404 to Bill Selbourne, a farming friend from Wiltshire, who fitted a more powerful 100D2 engine from his Aceca and had the front brakes up-rated to discs. The car remained in Selbourne's ownership until his death, then was acquired by Geoffrey Burton in Hampstead, who commissioned sympathetic refurbishment by specialists TT Workshops. Little mileage is believed to have been covered subsequently prior to the car’s acquisition by the current owner at Brooks’ Sale at Olympia on 4th December 1997 (Lot 835). The body and paintwork have since undergone extensive renovation, these works being undertaken in 2005. Finished in green with its original beige leather upholstery, this example of a true connoisseur’s sports car is offered with Swansea V5.
1953 Bristol 404 Coupé  Chassis no. 404/2006 Engine no. 100D2/1116
1953 Bristol 404 Coupé  Chassis no. 404/2006 Engine no. 100D2/1116
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