Show Bris­tol to sell

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The Bris­tol 408 that won a ma­jor award at the 1963 Mo­tor Show – and is be­lieved to be the first one built – could soon be yours.

The 408, which is be­ing ad­ver­tised for £49,990 by North York­shire-based Manor Clas­sic Cars, picked up a So­ci­ety of Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Mo­tor Traders’ Coach­work Award for a car priced more than £1600 but not ex­ceed­ing £4000 at the Earls Court event.

The his­tory file in­cludes var­i­ous cor­re­spon­dences with Bris­tol Cars owner and leg­endary RAF pi­lot Tony Crook, along with a pic­ture of Mr Crook’s daugh­ter, Ca­role, with the car at the 1963 show. Even af­ter more than five decades the car re­tains its orig­i­nal black over sil­ver colour scheme and red leather in­te­rior and has just 20,000 miles on the odome­ter.

Manor Clas­sic Cars’ Paul Camp­bell says the Bris­tol, which has had just four pre­vi­ous own­ers, is in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion: ’ To my mind, the car rep­re­sents se­ri­ous value. Bris­tols are of­ten mis­un­der­stood, oc­ca­sion­ally over­looked and al­most al­ways un­der­es­ti­mated, and yet they are hand­some, im­pos­ing, qual­ity built and over-engi­neered cars.’

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