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Lot 509: Bristol 408 Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Automobilia, Bonhams (11 September 2010)

Bristol's continuing line of V8-engined sports saloons began in 1961 with the 407, though in appearance the newcomer closely resembled the preceding six-cylinder 406. The adoption of Chrysler V8 power came not before time, as Bristol's BMW-based engine had effectively been outgrown by the car's increasingly weighty coachwork. With 250bhp (more than double the 406's output) available from its 5.1 litres and a top speed of 125mph, the 407 re-established the Bristol as a true high-performance car but one which nevertheless retained all the refinement and luxury associated with the marque. The 406's four-wheel disc brakes were, naturally, retained for its successor, which came with Chrysler's Torqueflite automatic transmission as standard equipment and coil-spring front suspension in place of the previous transverse-leaf set-up. The chassis was up-dated and the styling revised periodically throughout the 1960s, the process culminating in the 411 of 1969. The car offered here is an example of the restyled 408 model, only 83 of which were produced between 1963 and 1965. It is believed to have been one of Anthony Crook Motors' demonstrators before being sold to the managing director of Gestetner Copiers in 1964, subsequently passing through the hands of two Bristol Owners Club members and thence to the current vendor in 1989. We are advised that the car was extensively overhauled at that time and that it has been used and maintained by the vendor ever since. Described as in generally good condition, this rare Anglo-American Grand Routier is offered with Isle of Man registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Automobilia
Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire
Lot Number509
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberBMN 435N
Chassis number408/7014
Engine number949/22789C
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