2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110

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2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon
Registration no. WV52 FFU Chassis no. TTBL300471110

Sold for £ 26,450 (US$ 35,889) inc. premium
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon
Registration no. WV52 FFU
Chassis no. TTBL300471110
*Two owners
*86,489 miles from new
*Four-speed overdrive automatic transmission
*The archetypal 'Gentleman's Express'

Footnotes

  • Bristol's long line of Chrysler V8-engined sports saloons began in 1961 with the launch of the 407, though in both styling and running gear the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The chassis was up-dated and the styling revised periodically throughout the 1960s, a process that culminated in the 411 of 1969. After five series had been built the 411 was phased out as the 603 saloon and Zagato-styled 412 convertible came on stream in 1975/76; the latter making a clean break from the traditional Bristol look while retaining its predecessor's chassis and Chrysler engine, though the latter was later downsized to from 6.6 to 5.9 litres.

    In 1980 Bristol abandoned its traditional numerical nomenclature with the launch of the Beaufighter, and succeeding models would likewise use names drawn from the company's not inconsiderable aircraft manufacturing heritage. A development of the 412, the Beaufighter used a turbo-charged version of the Chrysler V8, and while in Rolls-Royce fashion the power output remained officially undisclosed, it was sufficient to propel the car to 150mph with a sub-6.0 second 0-60mph time to boot. Meanwhile, the 603 saloon had been revised as the Britannia, the turbo-charged version of which, launched in 1983, was dubbed 'Brigand'.

    Introduced for 1995, the Blenheim further refined the 603 concept; multi-port fuel injection was introduced, which improved both performance and fuel consumption, and gave the normally aspirated Blenheim the same level of performance as the turbo-charged Brigand. The Blenheim also featured styling changes at front and rear, the headlights being paired and repositioned towards the body centreline. The Blenheim has since developed through the Series 2 and Series 3. The former, made from 1998 to the end of 1999, featured for the first time a four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, which further improved the fuel consumption, while the Series 3 abandoned the vertically mounted tail-lights and came with a much revised interior.

    Believed by the vendor to be one of only eight made, this Bristol Blenheim Series 3 was acquired by the current (second) owner in November 2010 and currently displays a total of 86,489 miles on the odometer. Described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, this modern 'gentleman's Express' is offered with current MoT and a V5C Registration Certificate.
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2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
2002 Bristol Blenheim Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. TTBL300471110
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