1953 Bris­tol 401

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

If this was a same-age Bent­ley R-type Con­ti­nen­tal the price this 401 made would have needed an ex­tra zero, and then dou­bling. But the Bris­tol, de­spite its smaller en­gine, was just as ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing long dis­tances in com­fort and, it might be ar­gued, was more pleas­ant to drive, with a light­ness far later GTs never man­aged to achieve. SWVA’s car was of­fered for sale by its sec­ond owner, who had bought it in 1989. It looked tidy and the in­te­rior was good. Some fur­ther set­ting-up might be needed af­ter some en­gine work, but with sev­eral six-cylin­der Bris­tol ex­perts dot­ted about, that wouldn’t be a prob­lem.

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