The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299

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Lot 216
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show
1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato Registration no. 120 NPK Chassis no. 406-1-5299

Sold for £ 200,100 (US$ 264,118) inc. premium
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show
1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato

Registration no. 120 NPK
Chassis no. 406-1-5299
One of the rarest of Bristol motor cars
*Continuous history from new
*Professionally restored 2002-2005
*Part of the Stan West Collection since 2014

Footnotes

  • "The Bristol Zagato Grand Touring model is designed to cater for those who desire an even faster car than the standard type 406 saloon. The Bristol Zagato is lighter and smaller with a tuned version of the 406 Bristol engine. The lightweight two-door coachwork has been built to the requirements of Anthony Crook Motors Limited by Zagato of Milan, Italy, who have been famous coachbuilders for half a century mainly in the field of high performance cars. The emphasis has been placed on providing extra speed without impairing reliability or flexibility and whilst still retaining reasonable rear seat accommodation - a feature normally lacking in Grand Touring saloons." – Anthony Crook Motors.

    Last of the six-cylinder Bristols, the 406 was made between 1958 and 1961 only, though the basic steel-framed alloy-panelled superstructure would be carried over to its V8-engined 407 successor. Bristol's BMW-based engine was extensively revised and enlarged to 2.2 litres for the 406. As a result, power went up to 130bhp and flexibility increased, while other improvements included servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels and self-cancelling overdrive as standard.

    Bristol had commissioned Carrozzeria Zagato to build a limited series of lightweight four-seater cars on the 406 chassis in October 1959, six of which, plus a solitary two-seater, had been completed by the time production ceased. Weighing 2,436lbs, the Zagato was a whopping 574lbs lighter than the stock 406 as well as 11" shorter and 5" lower, with commensurate gains in both acceleration and top speed.

    One of five four-seater Bristol 406 Zagatos known to survive, chassis number '5299', registered 'NPK 120', was displayed at the 1960 Earls Court Motor Show and sold new by Anthony Crook Motors to Richard Robinson in May 1961. Mr Robinson was an active member of the Bristol Owners' Club and his 406 Zagato was a regular sight at their events. He kept the Bristol until 1991, faithfully recording all works carried out, parts purchased, and relevant mileages (logbook on file), and then sold it to Jonas Liden of Sweden. After some ten years of ownership, Mr Liden commissioned a major restoration, which was undertaken by Jaye Engineering of Ravenstone, Olney, Buckinghamshire over the period 2002 to 2005 (see bills totalling £138,910 on file). Its first owner had fitted Minilite alloy wheels in the 1960s and these were replaced during the rebuild with correct original items.

    The immediately preceding owner, Ian Simpson, purchased the car in January 2010 from Bristol Cars Ltd, who were selling it on Mr Liden's behalf, and following his acquisition had seat belts and door mirrors fitted. The Bristol was purchased for the Stan West Collection at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in June 2014 (Lot 365) and since then has benefited from the expert attentions of Spencer Lane-Jones Ltd (bill on file).

    '120 NPK' is offered with sundry restoration and other invoices; old/current V5/V5C registration documents; an original instruction manual; and copies of related articles. Finished in silver-grey with cream leather interior, this beautiful Zagato-bodied 406 represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of Bristol motor cars, boasting continuous history from new.
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The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
The Stan West Collection, Earls Court Motor Show,1960 Bristol 406 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 406-1-5299
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