Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032

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1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon
Registration no. DLN 258Y Chassis no. 603S308507032

Sold for £ 17,825 (US$ 24,186) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon
Registration no. DLN 258Y
Chassis no. 603S308507032
*From the estate of a Bristol Owner's Club member
*Present ownership since 2002
*Automatic transmission
*Well maintained

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'.

    Although more modern in appearance, these 1980s Bristols were hand built with aluminium coachwork in the traditional manner, much as their forebears had been in the late 1940s. The interior fully justified the Bristol's 'Gentleman's Express' sobriquet, featuring leather-upholstered armchair-like seats and acres of walnut embellishment. The use of the finest materials and the fact that each of these craftsman-built cars took between 16 and 20 weeks to complete explains the lofty price tag, which in the Britannia's case was in excess of £45,000.
    This Britannia has had only five owners over the course of the last 33 years. The late enthusiast owner - a member of the Bristol Owners' Club - acquired the car in 2002 and has had it regularly serviced and maintained by his local specialists, American Car Care Centre of London NW11. There are numerous invoices on file, and the Britannia also comes with a score sheet issued at the BOC's 2004 Annual Concours where it received a 2nd-in-class award. Finished in brown with matching leather interior, the car is offered with current MoT and a V5C Registration Certificate. Paraphrasing the late owner's own words: 'For reliability, comfort and luxury, a Britannia offers Gran Turismo motoring at its best.'
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Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
Property of a deceased's estate,1983 Bristol Britannia Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 603S308507032
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