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Produced: 1948-1953, 611 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Bristol 401 2 (1952)
A second model appeared in 1949: the Bristol 401, which was equipped with a body by Touring of Milan.  The construction used a patented lightweight system in which the aluminium skin was attached to thin steel tubes.  These Bristol cars were sporting thoroughbreds that had speed enough for the circuit but were better suited to long journeys.  They were also extremely expensive and small numbers were produced as 2+2 coupes and convertibles.  A higher powered version with 107 bhp motor was the 403 of which 281 were made.
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
94 mph15.1 s19.9 s23 mpg85 bhp 4500

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