1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234

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Lot 360A
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon
Registration no. B779 NLY Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234

Sold for £ 7,130 (US$ 9,674) inc. premium
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon
Registration no. B779 NLY
Chassis no. 603S908533110
Engine no. 78-360-4234

Footnotes

  • Bristol’s long line of Chrysler V8-engined sports saloons began in 1961 with the launch of the 407, though in both styling and running gear the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The chassis was up-dated and the styling revised periodically throughout the 1960s, a process that culminated in the 411 of 1969. After five series had been built the 411 was phased out as the 603 saloon and Zagato-styled 412 convertible came on stream in 1975/76; the latter making a clean break from the traditional Bristol look while retaining its predecessor’s chassis and Chrysler engine, though the latter was later downsized to from 6.6 to 5.9 litres.
    In 1980 Bristol abandoned its traditional numerical nomenclature with the launch of the Beaufighter, and succeeding models would likewise use names drawn from the company’s not inconsiderable aircraft manufacturing heritage. A development of the 412, the Beaufighter used a turbocharged version of the Chrysler V8, and while in Rolls-Royce fashion the power output remained officially undisclosed, it was sufficient to propel the car to 150mph with a sub-6.0 second 0-60mph time to boot. Meanwhile, the 603 saloon had been revised as the Britannia, the turbocharged version of which, launched in 1983, was dubbed ‘Brigand’. Although more modern in appearance, these 1980s Bristols were hand built with aluminium coachwork in the traditional manner, much as their forebears had been in the late 1940s. The interior fully justified the Bristol’s ‘Gentleman’s Express’ soubriquet, featuring leather-upholstered armchair-like seats and acres of walnut embellishment. The use of the finest materials and the fact that each of these craftsman-built cars took between 16 and 20 weeks to complete explains the lofty price tag, which in the Brigand’s case was well in excess of £50,000.
    Little is known of the history of this particular Brigand, which came into the vendor’s possession in August 2003. In addition to the relevant sales receipt, the vehicle comes with Swansea V5C document, MoT certificate valid until 31st January 2007 and invoice issued by Brooklands Garage, Truro for MoT testing and associated works totalling £1,620.

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  • Added lot to sale: 1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon Registration no. B779 NLY Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234 Estimate £ 6,000 - 10,000
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234
1985 Bristol Brigand Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S908533110 Engine no. 78-360-4234
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