Scot­tish hide­away con­ceals Bris­tol rar­ity

Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

Scots­man David Hendry en­joys ex­plor­ing WW2 sites, and loves metal-de­tect­ing in his spare time. Re­cently he dis­cov­ered an aban­doned farm­house in the north-east of Scot­land – “tucked away in the mid­dle of nowhere” – and stum­bled across a 1952 Bris­tol 401.

Hendry never found out who owns the blue Bris­tol, but de­cided to pho­to­graph the once-grand sa­loon in its se­cre­tive hid­ing place.

Like the Bris­tol, the barn looks aged, too, although the roof with its beau­ti­ful wooden struc­ture seems to be in an ex­cel­lent state, which must have helped to pre­serve the 1950s ‘busi­ness ex­press’. The 401’s 2-litre, six-cylin­der en­gine and gear­box are miss­ing, but the car’s chas­sis frame and alu­minium body­work by Tour­ing of Mi­lan cer­tainly seem sal­vage­able. The in­te­rior looks to be com­plete, too.

Priced at £3212 when it was new, the 401 was an ex­clu­sive car. Cus­tomers could, for ex­am­ple, choose on which side they wanted to have the bon­net hinged; this one’s hinges are on the right.

‘The barn is in an ex­cel­lent state, which must have helped pre­serve the Bris­tol’

Bris­tol is re­mark­ably well pre­served both out­side and in; the dash­board still car­ries its orig­i­nal Bake­lite switches and Art Deco-style gauges

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