1981 Bristol 412 Targa Convertible  Chassis no. 412S207866207 Engine no. 78-360-2554

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Lot 545A
1981 Bristol 412 Targa Convertible
Registration no. PMP 56X Chassis no. 412S207866207 Engine no. 78-360-2554

£ 8,000 - 10,000
US$ 11,000 - 14,000
Amended
1981 Bristol 412 Targa Convertible
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato

Registration no. PMP 56X
Chassis no. 412S207866207
Engine no. 78-360-2554

Footnotes

  • Bristol’s long line of Chrysler V8-engined sports saloons began in 1961 with the launch of the 407, although 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, the process culminating in the 411 of 1969. After five series had been built the 411 was phased out as the 603 saloon and 412 ‘Targa’-type four-seat convertible came on stream in 1975/76. Styled by Carrozzeria Zagato, the latter made a clean break from the traditional Bristol look while retaining its predecessors’ chassis, Chrysler 6.6-litre engine and Torqueflite transmission. The factory claimed a top speed of 140mph and a 0-70mph time of 9.5 seconds for its new soft-top which, like all Bristols, featured aluminium coachwork and a sumptuously equipped interior boasting leather upholstery and walnut veneer trim. A hand-built, limited edition motor car, the Bristol 412 was far from cheap at £14,584; this at a time when you could drive away a brand new Jaguar XJ-6 and still have change out of £5,000. Notable developments included the switch to a 5.9-litre engine in 1978 and the introduction of the turbo-charged Beaufighter derivative in 1980. The 412 remained in production until 1982 while the Beaufighter continued into the 1990s.
    This example has been serviced by Bristol Cars Ltd for almost its entire life (all but four years) and comes with numerous related invoices. Purchased from Bristol Cars by the vendor in September 2001, it was re-trimmed by them in 2004. The vehicle is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Late entry: 1981 Bristol 412 Targa Convertible
1981 Bristol 412 Targa Convertible  Chassis no. 412S207866207 Engine no. 78-360-2554
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