Overview
Produced: 1947-1950, 474 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats

The Bristol aircraft factory was established in 1910.  During World War II, the factory produced the famous Bristol Blenheim bombers.  Towards the end of the war, the government advised the Bristol board to seek a different line to ensure peace-time employment for their workers. 

The chief engineer, Roy Fadden was asked to investigate the potential of the car market and found openings there.  The first Bristol could be seen driving on the winding country roads in 1944 but it took until 1947 before a Bristol went into production and was shown at Geneva.  It was a four-seater saloon with a superb aerodynamic aluminium body and a six-cylinder BMW engine that was made in Britain under licence.  The engine had been used before World War II in the Frazer-Nash.  Power output was slightly more than 80 bhp at 4,500 rpm.

Source: The complete encyclopedia of Saloon Cars - Rob de la Rive Box
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1971ccS6 OHVBristol S6 (BMW derived)66mm x 96mm
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
92 mph14.7 s19.7 s22 mpg80 bhp 4500
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
403 Bristol 400 Coupe Coys 5 Dec 2013 - £20060.00
528 Bristol 400 Coupe Coys 13 Oct 2013 - €25960.00
77 Bristol 400 Zagato Charterhouse 21 Jul 2013 £29000.00 -
364 Bristol 400 Coys 7 Dec 2011 - £48280.00
152 1948 Bristol 400 Coys 30 Nov 2006 Not sold
624 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon Bonhams 24 Apr 2006 £15500.00 £17825.00
010 Bristol 400 Coupe (1948) H&H Sales Limited 20 Feb 2002 - £8190.00
241 Bristol 400 (1949) Coys 27 May 2001 - £14950.00
041 Bristol 400 (1948) BCA 7 Aug 2000 - £13910.00
012 Bristol 400 (1948) H&H Sales Limited 12 Apr 2000 £13500.00 -
083 Bristol 400 (1948) H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 1999 Not sold
057 Bristol 400 Coupe (1948) H&H Sales Limited 14 Apr 1999 £16000.00 -
059 Bristol 400 (1949) BCA 15 Feb 1999 Not sold
018 Bristol 400 (1949) BCA 12 Oct 1998 Not sold
138 Bristol 400 (1949) Coys 25 Jul 1998 Not sold
460 Bristol AC Ace (1960) Coys 20 Nov 1997 Not sold
442a Bristol 400 (1949) Coys 20 Nov 1997 £11000.00 £12939.00
029 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 3 Oct 1996 - £9660.00
027 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 30 Apr 1996 - £9775.00
067 Bristol 400 (1950) ADT 12 Feb 1996 £16250.00 -
021 Bristol 400 (1950) Coys 31 Oct 1995 Not sold
030 Bristol 400 (1950) Coys 19 Sep 1995 - €16500.00
109 Bristol 400 Saloon (1948) Christies 9 Sep 1995 - £2760.00
020 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 27 Jun 1995 Not sold
018 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 1 Dec 1994 Not sold
034 Bristol 400 (1949) ADT 3 Oct 1994 £14500.00 -
036 Bristol 400 (1947) H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 1994 £8000.00 -
043 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 21 Mar 1994 Not sold
021 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 8 Sep 1993 £19000.00 -
085 Bristol 400 (1950) ADT 21 Jun 1993 Not sold
020 Bristol 400 (1948) Coys 2 May 1993 £17000.00 -
021 Bristol 400 (1950) Coys 22 Mar 1993 £18000.00 -
079 Bristol 400 2 (1948) Brooks 14 Oct 1992 Not sold
Magazine Articles
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Article Every single one
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Publication Octane April 2012
Every single one - Bristol Cars' history is one of consistency and evolution - and now it's reached a tuning point that will define its future.  Time, then, to get all 21 models together.  Bristol 400 to 403, Bristol 404 to 406, Bristol 407 to 410, Bristol 411 to Beaufighter, Britannia to Blenheim, Bristol Fighter.
Article Road test - 1949 Bristol 400 - Bristol Fighter
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Publication Classic Car Mart July 2008
Road test - 1949 Bristol 400 - Bristol Fighter- This Bristol 400 displays the aircraft-quality engineering and aerodynamic styling that created a luxurious driving pleasure.  By Steve Wilson.
Article A vision of Precision
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Publication Classics Monthly April 2007
A vision of Precision - The Bristol 400 is renowned for its aircraft quality constuction, so what does that mean when a full restoration is required?
Article On Your Marques - Bristol - Flying High
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Publication Classic Motor Monthly November 2005
On Your Marques - Bristol - Flying High - "On your Marques - Club Call!" is our feature in which we spotlight the nation's enthusiasts vehicle clubs - if you want your club in "Club Call!", write to Peter Cahill at CMM.  This month, "Club Call!" looks at the BRISTOL OWNERS CLUB.
Article Thinking of Buying...2 Litre Bristols?
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Publication Classic Car Mart July 2004
Thinking of Buying...2 Litre Bristols? - Ted Purcell takes a long hard look at one of the more unusual classic British marques.
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