1959 Bristol 406 Saloon  Chassis no. 406/5227 Engine no. 110/5006

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Lot 391A
1959 Bristol 406 Saloon
Registration no. 249 UXL Chassis no. 406/5227 Engine no. 110/5006

Sold for £ 12,650 (US$ 15,219) inc. premium
1959 Bristol 406 Saloon
Registration no. 249 UXL
Chassis no. 406/5227
Engine no. 110/5006

Footnotes

  • Bristol’s 406 was the last of the line of distinguished six-cylinder motor cars prior to the installation of American engines. A thoroughbred in every respect, the Beutler-designed coachwork of the 405 was upgraded in many detailed respects and the new model featured subtle finning, taking away some of the ‘baldness’ of the early model. The coachwork was built by Jones brothers at Willesden and the Type 110 engine fitted had a capacity of 2,216cc compared with the 2 litre unit of the earlier model. Top speed was in excess of 100mph which it accomplished easily in overdrive mode. Disc brakes were fitted all round. The 406, when announced, was hugely expensive at £4,494 on the road.

    This car is presented in dark green livery with oatmeal upholstery. It was supplied new to Sunderland accountant, T C Squance, who owned the car until 1970, after which it passed to his nephew who retained the car until 2005 when it was acquired by its present enthusiast owner. In the hands of its second owner, some 6,000 miles or so ago, the engine was rebuilt by Tectus Engineering of Selby. Over the last year or so the car has been the subject of gentle, although time consuming, recommissioning to bring the car to its present owner’s fastidious standards. It is believed that the current indicated mileage of 104,000 or so miles is correct and the car generally reflects most careful ownership during that mileage. Recent work has included transmission and suspension overhaul, new battery, brakes and Michelin X tyres, along with a new exhaust system. The car comes with original tools and documentation, a Swansea registration document, old style log book, current MoT certificate and road fund licence to August 2007.

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