1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622

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Lot 445
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon
Registration no. JHU 602N Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622

Sold for £ 35,650 (US$ 44,671) inc. premium
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon
Registration no. JHU 602N
Chassis no. 7723455
Engine no. H400 AC10622

Footnotes

  • 'The Bristol 411 is a car for the very wealthy but has many special virtues – this is a modern quality car of traditional British excellence.' – John Bolster, Autosport.

    Bristol's long-running line of V8-engined sports saloons began back in 1961 with the 407, though in appearance the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The adoption of 5.2-litre 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 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 chassis was updated, larger engines adopted and the styling periodically revised throughout the 1960s, this process culminating in the 411 of 1969, five series of which were made between then and 1975. For the 411, Bristol continued with Chrysler engines but specified the 6.3-litre unit that produced 335bhp, an increase of some 85 horsepower over the '5.2'. There was a commensurate improvement in performance. John Bolster summarised the result in Autosport: 'Almost accidentally, the Bristol has become the fastest genuine touring saloon, beating the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3, both for maximum speed and acceleration.'

    This Bristol 411 had been in the preceding owner's hands for 17 years when it was purchased by the current vendor in 2010. Since acquisition the car has been treated to a full, 'engine out' restoration, the paintwork, brakes, suspension, brightwork, interior woodwork and leather all receiving attention. In excess of £20,000 has been spent over the course of the last five years. Finished in Midnight Blue with pale blue/grey leather interior, 'JHU 602N' has the 400ci (6½-litre) V8 engine standard on the Series 4 and is equipped with the factory-optional sunroof and air conditioning. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, MoT to September 2015 and a V5C document.
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1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622
1974 Bristol 411 Series 4 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 7723455 Engine no. H400 AC10622
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