Bit­ing the Bul­let

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - BY DANIEL COBBS

The Bris­tol Bul­let isn’t your typ­i­cal sports car. Nor, for that mat­ter, is Bris­tol Cars Ltd your typ­i­cal car maker. This longestab­lished, mav­er­ick, in­de­pen­dent car maker has only ever pro­duced 18 dif­fer­ent mod­els (which now in­clude the Bul­let); all hand as­sem­bled, be­jew­elled in the finest ma­te­ri­als and lim­ited by num­ber.

Even dur­ing their hey­day, back in the 1950s and 60s, no more than 200 Bris­tol cars were ever built. This makes a Bris­tol car, any Bris­tol car, as rare and as pre­cious as a Fa­timid rock crys­tal ewer and the ul­ti­mate guilty plea­sure of many se­ri­ous car con­nois­seurs.

Now, more than a decade since they un­veiled their last model, and af­ter a 2011 post-ad­min­is­tra­tion buy­out, the Bul­let ush­ers in a new dawn for Bris­tol Cars, cel­e­brat­ing the com­pany’s 70th an­niver­sary. In many ways this two-seat speed­ster is a pe­cu­liarly be­guil­ing car, of which there are just 75 planned for pro­duc­tion.

By de­sign, the Bul­let is ex­traor­di­nar­ily ex­quis­ite and evokes all the drama, glam­our and val­ues from a by­gone age. Yet, be­neath its some­what ec­cen­tric, aero­nau­ti­cally in­flu­enced coach­work, sits all the moder­nity of a BMW sourced 4.8-litre en­gine. Power is 370bhp and torque 370lbs, and if you think these num-

bers un­der­whelm­ing in re­turn for the £250,000 price tag, then you need to un­der­stand a few im­por­tant things. Although it’s meant to be a quick car, the Bul­let’s prime mo­ti­va­tion is not all about speed. In­stead, this car has been en­gi­neered to ex­cite its ex­clu­sive au­di­ence with its gen­tri­fied grace rather than scare them wit­less with out­right pace. Much like Bris­tol Cars, then, the Bul­let is a fab­u­lous enigma. It re­mains a paragon for in­di­vid­u­al­ism and a bea­con for Bri­tish crafts­man­ship and the au­to­mo­tive world is a much bet­ter place for its con­tin­ued ex­is­tence.

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Ec­cen­tric styling

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