Lot 120: 1954 Bristol 404
Bristol cars of the 1940's and 50's had a style, charm and 'new world' efficiency that was unequalled at the time. They were an offshoot of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, which post-war had decided to expand its activities and brought much of its aeronautical expertise and technology to bear in the manufacture of motor cars. Plans were for a technically advanced lightweight saloon, and with the 400 Bristol excelled themselves in producing a car to this specification. The body was of alloy and had an aerodynamic tear-drop shape, allowing four to travel in great comfort. The 2-litre 6-cylinder engine was rather magnificent in itself, being a development of that found in the legendary Frazer Nash/BMW 328.The Bristol 404 model was announced in the Autumn of 1953. This coupe was the shortest and lightest Bristol ever produced. In appearance it had a sporting yet practical look, no doubt prompting Bill Boddy the editor of Motorsport magazine to attribute the now famous title 'businessman's express' to the model. It is now much revered and is probably the finest car that Bristol produced as well as being the second rarest, with only 51 examples being made. This rare but pretty 2 door coupe is presented in red with a grey leather interior. Chassis 4042003 was exported to South Africa where the dry climate, along with a full restoration some years ago, have certainly contributed to the cars good overall condition. 4042003 has proved reliable as it has been used regularly on historic rallies since its import to Holland six years ago. This right hand drive car is currently EU registered and is supplied with a workshop manual. This eminently flexible sports car, equally at home on quiet country lanes or used in anger on rallies, represents a splendid example of the marque.
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