1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494

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Lot 337
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon
Registration no. 407 UNK Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494

Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 40,570) inc. premium
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon
Registration no. 407 UNK
Chassis no. 407/6064
Engine no. 949-232494

Footnotes

  • The Bristol Aeroplane Company's career as a motor manufacturer began in the aftermath of WW2 when the firm obtained the rights to BMW's 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.

    Bristol's line of V8-engined sports saloons began in 1961 with the 407, though in appearance and underlying structure the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The adoption of Chrysler V8 power came not before time, as Bristol's BMW-based engine had been effectively outgrown by the car's increasingly weighty coachwork. With 250bhp (more than double the 406's output) available from its 5.1-litres and a top speed of 125mph, the 407 re-established the Bristol as a true high-performance car but one that nevertheless retained all the refinement and luxury associated with the marque. The 406's four-wheel disc brakes were, naturally, retained for its successor, which came with Chrysler's Torqueflite automatic transmission as standard equipment and coil-spring front suspension in place of the previous transverse-leaf set-up.

    One of 88 407s produced, this example was purchased by the current vendor at Brooks' Olympia auction in December 1997 (Lot 797), since when it has been restored in the Lansberg/Leyba workshop in Hamburg, Germany. Parts renewed include the front axle beam, rubbers and track rod ends; inner and outer rear wheelarch; brakes; front windscreen and rubber seal; upper engine gaskets; carburettor; starter motor; and the engine electric cooling fan. In addition, the car has been repainted, new carpets have been installed and the tyres replaced. Refinished in blue/grey (from maroon) with matching leather upholstery, '407 UNK' is described as in very good condition throughout. The car is offered with an old-style V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • We have been unable to start this car. A compression test on a cylinder on both left and right banks revealed 60lbs on each cylinder. The auction estimate has been reduced to £12,000 - 15,000 to take into account inevitable engine investigation and work.
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1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
1963 Bristol 407 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 407/6064 Engine no. 949-232494
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