1954 Bristol 403 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1486

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Lot 564
1954 Bristol 403 Sports Saloon
Registration no. TKX 64 Chassis no. 403/1486

Sold for £ 3,450 (US$ 4,358) inc. premium
1954 Bristol 403 Sports Saloon
Registration no. TKX 64
Chassis no. 403/1486

Footnotes

  • With the introduction of the 401 - the first of its exquisitely styled aerodynes - Bristol began to move away from the pre-war design the company had inherited from BMW. Carrozzeria Touring provided the Superleggera method of body construction that overlaid alloy panels on a lightweight tubular-steel framework. The 401 continued to use its predecessor's running gear and BMW-based, 2.0-litre, six-cylinder engine with its ingeniously arranged, pushrod-operated, inclined valves. The gearbox remained a manual four-speed unit with first-gear freewheel. With the introduction of the 403 in 1953, Bristol improved on what was already an exemplary Grand Tourer, the newcomer's apparently unchanged appearance disguising a number of important changes. The engine remained a 2.0-litre six of basically BMW design but the alloy cylinder head was new and helped liberate 100bhp, up from 85. The increase in straight-line performance (top speed was now in excess of 100mph) was matched by improvements to the running gear in the form of a front anti-roll bar and finned light-alloy brake drums.
    This example of one of the most highly prized of early Bristols has been the subject of partial restoration, with much work having been done to the body and chassis, including a new fuel tank, although the engine and transmission are missing. Offered with Swansea V5C and sold strictly as viewed, this is potentially a most rewarding project upon which much work has already been completed. No reserve.
1954 Bristol 403 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 403/1486
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