<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291

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Lot 122
1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
Coachwork by Bertone

Sold for US$ 224,000 inc. premium
1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. X404-3005
Engine no. BS1 MKII 291

1,971cc OHV Bristol 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Weber Carburetors
130bhp at 4,200rpm.
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*One of 130 Arnolt-Bristol made
*Passionately owned for more than 30 years
*One of Franco Scaglione design masterpiece
*Eligible for some of the most prominent Tours and Concours events worldwide


THE ARNOLT-BRISTOL

Having made his fortune during WW2, Chicago-based industrialist Stanley Harold 'Wacky' Arnolt II was able to indulge his lifelong love of automobiles, and by 1952 was a regional BMC distributor and US distributor for Bristol cars. In 1952, a visit to Carrozzeria Bertone led Arnolt to buy a stake in the Italian company and arrange manufacture of Bertone-bodied Arnolt MGs.

Arnolt's next venture made use of the Bristol connection, the UK manufacturer's 404 chassis getting the Bertone treatment in 1953 courtesy of newly arrived stylist, Franco Scaglione. Despite being based on a pre-war BMW design, the Bristol possessed one of the finest chassis of its day, and its 2.0-litre six-cylinder engine was one of the most efficient around. The 1,971cc Bristol six was based on that pre-war BMW 328, which featured an ingenious cylinder head, designed by Rudolf Schleicher, incorporating hemispherical combustion chambers and inclined valves without recourse to overhead, or twin, camshafts. Externally, Bristol's clone of the BMW motor differed little from the German original, most significant changes being essentially metallurgical, using the highest quality materials contributing to greatly increased engine life.

Three open models were offered ranging from the basic competition version via the better-appointed Bolide to the fully equipped Bolide Deluxe. There was also an enclosed coupé. Arnolt charged $3,995 for the competition model, $4,245 for the Bolide, $4,995 for the Bolide Deluxe, and $5,995 for the coupé.

The Bristol engine could be tuned to produce more than 150bhp, and before long the pretty Arnolts were making their mark in production sports car races in the USA. After class wins at Sebring and Le Mans in 1955, the works team was disbanded following the fatal accident that claimed the life of driver Bob Goldich. Arnolt-Bristol production ceased in 1963 after a total of 130 cars had been sold. Twelve cars were destroyed in a Chicago warehouse fire, and it is believed that just 90 survive.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Arnolt-Bristol Bolide serial number 3005 was the 6th example built, 5th production one if putting aside the serial number 3000 that represents the prototype of the model. Little is known from the history of the car between 1955 and the early-1980s; logical guess would be that the car was raced like most of the Bolide at the time.

Racing is exactly what the car did in the 1980s after being purchased by a gentleman called Chuck Weber in 1981. Thanks to Mr. Bill Watkins blog-writing about his personal experiences with various Arnolt-Bristol cars, it seems like 3005 was spotted in 1982 at the Monterey Historic Automobile Race with Chuck Weber at the wheel.

Mr. Weber then sold the car in 1986 to Fantasy Junction in Emeryville, CA, where it quickly found its new buyer - Mr. Marvin Johnson. During its ownership, Mr. Johnson regularly raced the car in SVRA and had the car entirely restored. The restoration that was led by Bristol specialist Steve Krinsky from St Paul, MN, especially included a full engine rebuilt as well as a chassis and body acid-dipping. Mr. Krinsky was then appointed to find a new owner to the car, which officially happened in March 1992 when the current seller acquired the car.

The current owner purchased the car in 1992 and took care of it over the past 30 years in the dry and shiny Copper State. During his ownership, the car has remained unchanged from its restored condition. No racing-miles have been put, only road miles - about 4,000 exactly. The car notably took part to the 1992 edition of the Copperstate.

From a visual standpoint, some differences are to be noted compared to the original look of the car. First, just like the trim plate shows it, the car originally came in a light green, but was repainted in red during the restoration. Same for the upholstery that was remade from brown to black, while keeping the original Italian seats, specifically known for their great comfort. Additionally, the car was fitted with additional front lights instead of the usual smaller lights located around the grill.

From a technical standpoint, the Solex carbs were replaced by Webers. Weber Carbs being slightly taller than Solex ones, the most forward carburetor was fitted with a thinner Vokes air-filter so it could properly fit under the hood. These engines being known for their fragility under cold start, decision was made to have the water jacket welded around the back-freeze plug while the engine got rebuilt.

As last services, the water pump and transmission got rebuilt, the latter one specifically received new shins and shift detents from IN Racing in Nottingham, UK.
This Arnolt-Bristol has been extremely well taken care over the last 30 years being used just enough while being maintained and serviced as needed.

The car would be eligible to multiple prestigious motoring events worldwide and is expected to be equally competitive on racetracks or concours turfs.

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<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
<b>1955 Arnolt-Bristol  Bolide</b><BR />Coachwork by Bertone<BR />Chassis no. X404-3005<BR />Engine no.BS1 MKII 291
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