1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474

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Lot 312
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon
Registration no. FJF 238 Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 31,208) inc. premium
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon
Registration no. FJF 238
Chassis no. 400/1/409
Engine no. 1474

Footnotes

  • Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery; nevertheless it seems unlikely that BMW's engineers felt particularly gratified when the Bristol Car Company obtained the rights to their automotive designs as part of Germany's post-WW2 reparations. Thus it came about that the Bristol 400, which commenced production in 1947, was effectively a synthesis of three pre-war BMW designs, with a chassis derived from that of the 326, an engine from the 328 sports car and an aerodynamic bodyshell similar to that of the 327 coupé. But Bristol did more than simply copy the work of its German counterparts; the application of aviation industry standards to its manufacture resulted in a car more refined and considerably better constructed than its Teutonic forbears.

    The l,971cc six-cylinder engine of the BMW 328 featured an ingenious new cylinder head, designed by Rudolf Schleicher, incorporating hemispherical combustion chambers and inclined valves without recourse to overhead, or twin, camshafts. Externally, Bristol's Type 85A clone of the BMW motor differed little from the German original, the most obvious difference being the adoption of SU, rather than Solex, carburettors part way through production. The most significant changes made by the Bristol designers were metallurgical, their utilisation of the highest quality materials contributing to increased engine life. A maximum output of 80bhp at 4,200rpm was claimed, good enough for a top speed of around 95mph.

    The 400's aerodynamically efficient body was constructed of steel panels on a wood frame, with the doors, bonnet and boot-lid skinned in aluminium. Beneath the skin, the chassis boasted independent front suspension by single upper wishbones and a lower transverse leaf spring, while torsion bars located within the chassis members controlled the live rear axle. Contrasting with the exterior's modern appearance, the traditional wood-embellished interior harked back to an earlier age. In total, 474 Bristol 400s were made between 1947 and 1950.
    This Bristol 400 has been in the current family ownership since the early 1970s and has been off the road, garaged, since 1973. The car no longer has its original engine, the current 85A-type unit (run recently) having been fitted by the registered owner (now deceased). Sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with its original logbook, V5 registration document, workshop manual and assorted spares to include a fuel tank, front axle and wheels.

Saleroom notices

  • The only spare parts offered with this lot are wheels.
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1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
1949 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 400/1/409 Engine no. 1474
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